tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio) \

Definition of tailpipe

: an outlet by which engine exhaust gases are expelled from a vehicle (such as an automobile or jet aircraft)

Examples of tailpipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a time of climate crisis, there’s no way to significantly reduce tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases without a major shift to electric vehicles. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 The school system recently took steps to move toward electric school buses, in an effort to reduce tailpipe emissions that warm the planet and can affect student health. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 With no tailpipe emissions, EVs are less polluting and cheaper to refuel than petrol or diesel cars. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 3 Nov. 2021 The idea here, as Ford takes great pains to point out in its patent application, which was published earlier in October, is not just to extend the tailpipe, but to retract it to protect it. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 30 Oct. 2021 According to a 2016 study by the EPA, an hour’s use of a typical backpack leaf blower is equal to carbon monoxide coming from the tailpipe of a car operating for over eight hours! Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 By far, the most tunnel time was spent perfecting the nacelle inlets, bleed designs and the tailpipe. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 Fowler testified that the tailpipe of the police car may have leaked carbon monoxide into Floyd’s face and contributed to his death. Phillip Jackson, baltimoresun.com, 19 May 2021 Fowler testified Wednesday that Floyd could have been exposed to a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the tailpipe of the police squad car parked near where he was pinned to the ground. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tailpipe

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Tailpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailpipe. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tailpipe


tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of tailpipe

: the pipe carrying off the exhaust gases from the muffler of an engine in a car or truck

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