- a metal pipe used to carry off smoke or fumes from a stove, as into a chimney flue
Origin of stovepipedescriptive of its shape a man's tall silk hatin full stovepipe hat
- A pipe, usually of thin sheet metal, used to conduct smoke or fumes from a stove into a chimney flue.
- A man's tall silk hat.
- Informal A pathway for transmitting information higher in a hierarchy while bypassing intervening levels that remain uninformed about this information.
transitive verbstove·piped, stove·pip·ing, stove·pipes Informal
To transmit (information) up in a hierarchy by means of a stovepipe.
1886 Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini