Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The pipe through which exhaust gases from an engine are discharged. Also called exhaust pipe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exhaust pipe (on a vehicle)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pipe carrying fumes from the muffler to the rear of a car

Etymologies

From tail + pipe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • • Gov't pushing more fuel efficiency for trucks: For the first time, the government announced proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for medium - and heavy-duty trucks.

    Who is the new postmaster general?

  • For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department announced proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for medium - and heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year.

    First-Ever Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Standards For Trucks Announced By Obama Administration

  • For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department released proposed fuel economy requirements and reductions in tailpipe emissions for medium - and heavy-duty trucks, beginning with those sold in the 2014 model year and into the 2018 model year.

    First-Ever Fuel Efficiency, Emissions Standards For Trucks Announced By Obama Administration

  • If you have no other means of staying warm besides the heater, turn the car into the wind if possible, make certain the tailpipe is free of snow, crack a window on both the upwind and downwind sides, and run it only for five minutes every half hour.

    Survival Tips for Living Through a Snowstorm in Your Truck

  • Don’t throw bad money into a company whose tailpipe is malfunctioning, causing a strange odor to fill the car.

    Michael Moore’s advice to Obama on General Motors | FactoryCity

  • We're doing them together, because what comes out of your tailpipe is a function of the standards for the car and the gasoline you put in.

    Press Briefing By Carol Browner On Clean Car Standards

  • Second, also for the first time ever, to achieve cost-effective reductions we are treating tailpipe emissions and gasoline as a single system -- what comes out of the tailpipe is a function, in part, of the gasoline.

    Press Briefing On Environment

  • Which is why, in our view, the tailpipe was the way to go.

    NYDN Rss

  • That means that only "tailpipe" emissions are taken into account; it doesn't even include evaporative emissions from the vehicle itself, never mind the upstream evaporative. emissions from the distribution of the fuel.

    Autoblog Green

  • The "tailpipe" rule, which adopts new standards for car and light-truck emissions.

    NYT > Home Page

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.