Definition of stovepipe in English:


Syllabification: stove·pipe
Pronunciation: /ˈstōvˌpīp


  • 1The pipe taking the smoke and gases from a stove up through a roof or to a chimney.
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    • 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.
  • 2An information conduit that traverses vertical levels efficiently but does not disperse widely.
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    • 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.


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  • Transmit (information) directly through levels of a hierarchy: neocons who stovepiped lies straight up to the White House
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    • 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.

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