Definition of stovepipe in English:



  • 1The pipe taking the smoke and gases from a stove up through a roof or to a chimney.

    • ‘At the top was a series of rooms built with thin sticks and with a stovepipe sticking out of the roof.’
    • ‘The old squatters' homes rot and sink, clap siding bowing from the studs, steps detaching, bricks and stovepipes tilting, angling toward the marshy ground that floods and dries.’
    • ‘It was believed to have been started by an overheated stovepipe igniting some clothes that were hanging out to dry in an upper room in the attic.’
    • ‘Unlike smokestacks and stovepipes, they don't have an opening at the top.’
    • ‘This supply of fresh air is also important to help carry pollutants up the chimney, stovepipe, or flue to the outside.’
    • ‘There's the stovepipe to be cleaned, the living room ceiling fan to be fixed, the new sleek stovepipe brace to be installed; the back upper windows to be cleaned.’
    • ‘Some 40,000 people who packed St Peter's Square to stare at the stovepipe jutting from the chapel roof shouted ‘It's black!’’
    • ‘Exhausted, Fleming crawled into a single bed beside the stovepipe, pulled off her pants under the sheets and fell fast asleep with the male skiers sitting around her.’
    • ‘Remove vines in contact with the home, prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovepipe or chimney outlet, and ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.’
    • ‘They also tacked down carpets, repaired an ironing board, and made a hole for a stovepipe - in short, tasks that the novice carpenter could do.’
    • ‘Hedge had knocked the stovepipe down and dragged Grandma's stove outside.’
    • ‘As a result, it's possible and relatively easy to build your own stove and stovepipe.’
    • ‘I managed for a whole weekend not to clean the stovepipe.’
    • ‘They had managed to scrounge enough coal and coke to keep the stoves roaring away, with the stovepipes red-hot halfway up.’
  • 2US An information conduit that traverses vertical levels efficiently but does not disperse widely.

    • ‘The Department of the Navy is on the brink of new commercial grade services that will provide true integration among data, voice and video - three former stovepipe technologies.’
    • ‘According to the general, the Army rightly views logistics as a holistic enterprise rather than as a series of stovepipe systems.’
    • ‘The adoption of these standards will circumvent the stovepipes and barriers to information flow throughout the services that historically have been a challenge.’
    • ‘What has changed is a realization that information stovepipes are hindering the United States from determining what the normal internal baseline is, how to tell when a situation changes from the norm, and what that might mean.’
    • ‘We are teaching and equipping soldiers to become superb collectors of information, breaking intelligence stovepipes and developing information age processes.’
    • ‘He points out that in a crisis it is much more efficient to maintain flexibility by use of this independent decisionmaking approach, as opposed to the vertical stovepipe of the military's chain of command.’
    • ‘The uncertainties and asymmetric nature of today's strategic environment demand a management system that integrates logistics system capabilities and bridges service and agency stovepipes now.’
    • ‘Other squadrons operate in functional stovepipe environments focused mainly on the operational requirements of their unit and group.’
    • ‘The postwar planning by the State and Defense departments, along with that of other agencies, was done in what bureaucrats call ‘vertical stovepipes.’’
    • ‘These and many other mergers cut across stovepipes no longer relevant to the Information Age and the post-cold-war world.’


  • Transmit (information) directly through levels of a hierarchy.

    ‘neocons who stovepiped lies straight up to the White House’
    • ‘Also threatened would be the cadres who stovepiped the disinformation that the neoconservative used to manipulate public opinion.’
    • ‘Now, the disparate agencies, spread through six Cabinet departments, must learn to swap information on terrorism rather than ‘stovepiping’ it.’
    • ‘The traditional hierarchy often teaches officers to protect their turf and to stovepipe, filter, and control information.’
    • ‘I don't know that you get there by creating a new czar whose job is basically to try to stovepipe, or otherwise streamline intelligence.’