- a long tubular conduit or series of pipes, often underground, with pumps and valves for flow control, used to transport crude oil, natural gas, water, etc., especially over great distances.
- a route, channel, or process along which something passes or is provided at a steady rate; means, system, or flow of supply or supplies: Freighters and cargo planes are a pipeline for overseas goods.
- a channel of information, especially one that is direct, privileged, or confidential; inside source; reliable contact.
- to convey by or as if by pipeline: to pipeline oil from the far north to ice-free ports; to pipeline graduates into the top jobs.
- in the pipeline,
- Informal.in the process of being developed, provided, or completed; in the works; under way.
- Government Informal.(of funds) authorized but not spent.
Origin of pipeline
- a long pipe, esp underground, used to transport oil, natural gas, etc, over long distances
- a medium of communication, esp a private one
- in the pipeline in the process of being completed, delivered, or produced
- to convey by pipeline
- to supply with a pipeline
Word Origin and History for in the pipeline
Idioms and Phrases with in the pipeline
in the pipeline
In process, under way, as in The blueprints for the new machine are in the pipeline, but it will take months to get approval. [Colloquial; 1940s] Also see in the works.
Budgeted for something but not yet spent, as in There's $5 million more in the pipeline for the city schools. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s]