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Pipelining is a way of improving the efficiency of a CPU. Tasks are carried out in parallel to each other, making use of processes efficiently.

Production lines for manufacturing carry out a kind of pipelining process. Here is a video illustration of pipelining - making something on a production line:

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MIPS was originally an acronym for:

Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipeline Stages.

The improved efficiency (and therefore speed) of the processor is in its flexibility in the way the pipeline stages are tackled.