American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pipe, usually of thin sheet iron, used to conduct smoke or fumes from a stove into a chimney flue.
- n. A man's tall silk hat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A metal pipe for conducting smoke, gases, etc., from a stove to a chimney-flue.
- n. Same as stovepipe hat.
- n. Sheet-metal tubing used as a chimney for a stove or furnace.
- n. A channel for body of information which is compartmentalized in such a manner that some parties which might be interested in its use or be able to utilize it are restricted from access to it.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Pipe made of sheet iron in length and angular or curved pieces fitting together, -- used to connect a portable stove with a chimney flue.
- n. a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or with beaver fur
- n. chimney consisting of a metal pipe of large diameter that is used to connect a stove to a flue
- stove + pipe (Wiktionary)
“That is what we call a stovepipe tornado, where you see that straight column kind of up and down.”
“Steampunk is popular simply because brass ray-guns, airships, Analytical Engines, and bitchin 'stovepipe toppers with built-in daguerrotype cameras are just flat-out cool.”
“The stovepipe from the kitchen range ran through it, giving it ample warmth.”
“And then you get to something a little bit bigger than that, then you get this stovepipe, which is straight up and down onto the ground, a very dangerous, probably 130, 140-mile-per-hour tornado.”
“The soldiers in the field who used the rocket launcher called it other things such as the "stovepipe" and the "Buck Rogers gun.”
“A front page Washington Post article in late March quoted Nicholson as saying each of the NATO countries operating in the south had taken a "stovepipe" approach to development, rather than the regional approach favoured by the U.S. Some in Canada took this as criticism of how Canada had run its aid programs in Kandahar.”
“Here are some of the key developments in four industries that have left us with this "stovepipe" approach to regulation.”
“In short, Miller was the "stovepipe" (a Sy Hersh phrase for unvetted intelligence) for disinformation from the Administration and Ahmed Chalabi about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction on to the front page of the Times in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, and just afterwards.”
“One retired Army officer describes the first stage of the war as having been conducted "stovepipe" fashion, with separate chains of command for each service.”
“Abstract numerical analysis can convince decisionmakers that such functional "stovepipe" organizations will yield substantial savings.”
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