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 There are very few ordinances that state a sound level as measured at a standard distance from the tailpipe. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, "Motor Mouth: Noise laws can be difficult to enforce," 13 Nov. 2020 The only tailpipe emissions are water; that could help make hydrogen trucks attractive in states that outlaw idling by diesel trucks. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Energy Department Looks to Boost Hydrogen Fuel for Big Trucks," 6 Nov. 2020 And sub-national players in the US—mayors, governors, CEOs—have been cutting emissions without federal help (or in spite of active federal resistance, as in the case of California’s quest to adopt more aggressive tailpipe standards). Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The cost of a Trump term, in billions of tons of carbon emissions," 4 Nov. 2020 The auto companies are backing the Trump administration’s elimination of California’s ability to set its own tailpipe greenhouse gas limits. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: OPEC isn’t worried about peak oil demand yet," 8 Oct. 2020 In California, which has tried to lead by example on climate, the Trump administration has been positively vindictive, revoking the state’s ability to reduce tailpipe emissions and removing protections for salmon and smelt. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The pandemic and the economy top voter concerns, but there’s a bigger issue," 31 Oct. 2020 Policy also will play a big role in how quickly electric cars are adopted, including the stringency of tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions limits, Malloy told Abby. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by National Clean Energy Week: Major bipartisan update to energy law at risk if Democrats sweep in November," 21 Sep. 2020 Shifting pollutants away from tailpipe emissions to a central location, like a power plant, makes the pollution easier to manage, Lin said. Brinley Hineman, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Electric vehicles emit fewer emissions and are better for the environment," 7 Feb. 2019 The Trump administration this year eased tailpipe-emissions rules set when Mr. Biden was vice president. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Where Trump and Biden Stand on Climate and Energy Policy," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of tailpipe

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tailpipe was in 1922

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“Tailpipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailpipe. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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