Definition of stovepipe in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstōvpīp/ /ˈstoʊvpaɪp/

Translate stovepipe into Spanish


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

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Some 40,000 people who packed St Peter's Square to stare at the stovepipe jutting from the chapel roof shouted ‘It's black!’’
    • ‘This supply of fresh air is also important to help carry pollutants up the chimney, stovepipe, or flue to the outside.’
    • ‘Unlike smokestacks and stovepipes, they don't have an opening at the top.’
    • ‘At the top was a series of rooms built with thin sticks and with a stovepipe sticking out of the roof.’
    • ‘They had managed to scrounge enough coal and coke to keep the stoves roaring away, with the stovepipes red-hot halfway up.’
    • ‘I managed for a whole weekend not to clean the stovepipe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, it's possible and relatively easy to build your own stove and stovepipe.’
  • 2US An information conduit that traverses vertical levels efficiently but does not disperse widely.

    ‘The postwar planning by the State and Defense departments, along with that of other agencies, was done in what bureaucrats call ‘vertical stovepipes.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These and many other mergers cut across stovepipes no longer relevant to the Information Age and the post-cold-war world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other squadrons operate in functional stovepipe environments focused mainly on the operational requirements of their unit and group.’
    • ‘According to the general, the Army rightly views logistics as a holistic enterprise rather than as a series of stovepipe systems.’
    • ‘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.’

transitive verb

[with object]US
  • Transmit (information) directly through levels of a hierarchy.

    ‘they stovepiped lies straight up to the White House’
    • ‘Now, the disparate agencies, spread through six Cabinet departments, must learn to swap information on terrorism rather than ‘stovepiping’ it.’
    • ‘Also threatened would be the cadres who stovepiped the disinformation that the neoconservative used to manipulate public opinion.’
    • ‘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.’