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English definition of “pipeline”

pipeline

noun [C]     /ˈpaɪplaɪn/
NATURAL RESOURCES a very long large tube, usually underground, used to transport oil, gas, etc. over a long distance: The Alaska pipeline crosses the wilderness in the northern Yukon.pipeline company/operator The gas pipeline operator warned of possible shortages this winter. pipeline network/systempipeline construction/maintenance/operations Recently we have made progress towards improving pipeline maintenance.
in the pipeline a plan, product, etc. that is in the pipeline is being discussed or prepared and will be produced or finished in the future: The CEO told the media there were no further acquisitions in the pipeline.
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