Pipe"fish`(?), n. (Zol.) Any lophobranch fish of the genus Siphostoma, or Syngnathus, and allied genera, having a long and very slender angular body, covered with bony plates. The mouth is small, at the end of a long, tubular snout. The male has a pouch on his belly, in which the incubation of the eggs takes place.
Pipe"lay`er(?), n., or
Pipe" lay`er. 1. One who lays conducting pipes in the ground, as for water, gas, etc.
(Polit. Cant) A politician who works in secret; -- in this sense, usually written as one word.
Pipe"lay`ing, n., or
Pipe" lay`ing. 1. The laying of conducting pipes underground, as for water, gas, etc.
(Polit. Cant) The act or method of making combinations for personal advantage secretly or slyly; -- in this sense, usually written as one word.
pipe line. 1. A line of pipe with pumping machinery and apparatus for conveying liquids, gases, or finely divided solids, such as petroleum or natural gas, between distant points.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
fig. an information channel direct from the source.
3. the set of stages and processes from the invention or design of a product to its ultimate use, production, or commercial sale. Used commonly in the phrase
in the pipeline,
i. e. still in preparation or under development.
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