stovepipe

noun
stove·​pipe | \ ˈstōv-ˌpīp How to pronounce stovepipe (audio) \

Definition of stovepipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : pipe of large diameter usually of sheet steel used as a stove chimney or to connect a stove with a flue
3 : an isolated and narrow channel of communication Instead of streamlining Washington's ability to perform, the department clogged it up with new layers of bureaucracy and stovepipes of information.— Christopher Cooper and Robert Block We had 18 intelligence agencies, and they had what was called the famous stovepipes. They wouldn't share with each other, wouldn't talk to each other.— Jay Rockefeller

stovepipe

verb
stovepiped; stovepiping; stovepipes

Definition of stovepipe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to transmit (information) to a higher level in an organization through an isolated and narrow channel of communication This [Pentagon policy] office, which circumvented the usual procedures of vetting and transparency, stovepiped many of its findings to the highest-ranking officials.— Seymour M. Hersh

Examples of stovepipe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Suddenly a large black man wearing a stovepipe hat, spectacles and a formal jacket and pants emerged and invited Douglass to his home at 36 Lispenard Street, just a few blocks away. Graham Hodges, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "David Ruggles was a friend to Frederick Douglass, the first full-time black activist and a lead conductor on the Underground Railroad," 14 Feb. 2020 Hood and Vent: Twenty-gauge sheetmetal and a 5-in. galvanized stovepipe formed the forge's hood and vent. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Forge and Start Hammering Metal," 2 Jan. 2020 The Taper collection included a beaver fur stovepipe hat that library officials are satisfied that Lincoln wore, though some critics are not convinced there is empirical evidence of an attachment to Honest Abe. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Historical Lincoln items could go on auction block amid presidential museum foundation money woes," 10 May 2018 The museum has been beset in recent years by the foundation's struggle to pay off a $9 million debt that had gone toward the purchase of Lincoln memorabilia, including the stovepipe hat. CBS News, "More doubt cast on authenticity of famed Lincoln stovepipe hat," 25 Dec. 2019 Hues fade in and out of focus (brights and beiges alike took on starring roles in the Spring 2020 collections) and denim cuts can shift, seemingly spur of the moment, from stovepipe skinnies to wide-leg trousers. Vogue, "Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal," 12 Nov. 2019 The Taper collection included a beaver fur stovepipe hat that library officials are satisfied that Lincoln wore, though some critics are not convinced there is empirical evidence of an attachment to Honest Abe. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "Historical Lincoln items could go on auction block amid presidential museum foundation money woes," 10 May 2018 The Saint Paul Hotel doesn’t need to drop names – the doorman’s stovepipe hat and hotel’s ornate decor speak volumes – but what the heck. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Coming to St. Paul? Here’s the Washington Post’s suggestions for visitors," 10 Oct. 2019 The cause has been hampered by evidence that secret efforts to authenticate a stovepipe hat purportedly belonging to Lincoln failed. Washington Post, "Bible underscores Lincoln’s belief he was to end slavery," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of stovepipe

Noun

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1988, in the meaning defined above

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“Stovepipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stovepipe. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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stovepipe

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English Language Learners Definition of stovepipe

: a metal pipe used for carrying away smoke from a stove
: a very tall silk hat

stovepipe

noun
stove·​pipe | \ ˈstōv-ˌpīp How to pronounce stovepipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of stovepipe

1 : a metal pipe to carry away smoke from a stove
2 : a tall silk hat

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