Meaning of “pipeline” in the English Dictionary

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pipelinenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɑɪpˌlɑɪn/

a series of connected tubes for transporting gas, oil, or water, usually over long distances


(Definition of “pipeline” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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pipelinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpaɪplaɪn/ us

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/system
pipeline 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.

(Definition of “pipeline” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)