- The definition of a pipeline is a line of pipes, or a channel or method to carry something from one place to another.
An example of a pipeline is a line of pipes that carries natural gas from an oil drilling site to a nearby city.
pipeline definition by Webster's New World
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- a line of pipes for conveying water, gas, oil, etc.
- any channel or means whereby something is passed on: a pipeline of information
pipeline definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- A conduit of pipe, especially one used for the conveyance of water, gas, or petroleum products.
- A direct channel by which information is privately transmitted.
- A system through which something is conducted, especially as a means of supply: “Farther down the pipeline are three other approaches to vaccine development” (Boston Globe).
- To convey by or as if by a system of pipes.
- To lay a system of pipes through.
pipeline - Business Definition
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- The process through which items pass before their use or distribution to the public. For example, an auto manufacturer may have several new models in the pipeline.
- A conduit through which liquids are transported.
pipeline - Computer Definition
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pipeline - Investment & Finance Definition
- A ubiquitous term that often is used to refer to the amount of business that a company expects to receive in the coming months or year. Typically it is used when companies have a long time between the placement of orders and when the goods or services actually are delivered. Companies talk about the pipeline being full to indicate that they have a solid backlog of orders.
- In the energy market, the way crude oil, gasoline, or natural gas is delivered to refiners.
The process through which security issues pass before their distribution to the public. If securities are being readied for distribution, they are said to be in the pipeline.