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.
Idioms about pipeline
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.
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How to use pipeline in a sentence
As Fox explains in Making Time, a labyrinth of aging pipelines and forgotten wells crisscrosses the city.
The fuel is then brought into the country in plastic barrels or by pipelines.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine? | Thomas Seibert | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Pipelines are no longer built during the night, but in broad daylight,” he said.Is NATO Ally Turkey Tacitly Fueling the ISIS War Machine? | Thomas Seibert | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even the oil pipelines they use to export crude for cash were on the target list.Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes: His Own Team Couldn’t Agree on a Syria Strategy | Josh Rogin, Eli Lake | August 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It also agreed to buy industrial equipment used to compress the gas for the pipelines from a company owned by Chesapeake.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches | ProPublica | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pipelines were the principal carriers of liquid petroleum and natural gas.Area Handbook for Romania | Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
In a few years the whole oil region of Venango County was an inextricable tangle of these primitive pipelines.The Age of Big Business | Burton J. Hendrick
Rather fancy this Warrington chap has been working along the new pipelines.Parrot & Co. | Harold MacGrath
We can't until the railroad can haul it, or the pipelines can pump it.The Year When Stardust Fell | Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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