stovepipes


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stove·pipe

 (stōv′pīp′)
n.
1. A pipe, usually of thin sheet metal, used to conduct smoke or fumes from a stove into a chimney flue.
2. A very tall hat with a flat crown and narrow brim, traditionally made of silk.
3. Informal A pathway for transmitting information higher in a hierarchy while bypassing intervening levels that remain uninformed about this information.
tr.v. stove·piped, stove·pip·ing, stove·pipes Informal
To transmit (information) up in a hierarchy by means of a stovepipe.

stovepipes

(ˈstəʊvˌpaɪps)
pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) informal tight trousers with narrow legs
References in classic literature ?
As for the Palace of the Bourse, which is Greek as to its colonnade, Roman in the round arches of its doors and windows, of the Renaissance by virtue of its flattened vault, it is indubitably a very correct and very pure monument; the proof is that it is crowned with an attic, such as was never seen in Athens, a beautiful, straight line, gracefully broken here and there by stovepipes.
There was a stovepipe running through the stem, and six steps had been built leading up to the front door.
Blue puffs of smoke came from the stovepipe that stuck out through the grass and snow, but the wind whisked them roughly away.
Forward lay the windlass and its tackle, with the chain and hemp cables, all very unpleasant to trip over; the fo'c'sle stovepipe, and the gurry-butts by the fo'c'sle-hatch to hold the fish-livers.
The hours struck clear in the cabin; the nosing bows slapped and scuffled with the seas; the fo'c'sle stovepipe hissed and sputtered as the spray caught it; and the boys slept on, while Disko, Long Jack, Tom Plait, and Uncle Salters, each in turn, stumped aft to look at the wheel, forward to see that the anchor held, or to veer out a little more cable against chafing, with a glance at the dim anchor-light between each round.
One long, lanky man, with long hair and a big white fur stovepipe hat on the back of his head, and a crooked-handled cane, marked out the places on the ground where Boggs stood and where Sherburn stood, and the people following him around from one place to t'other and watching everything he done, and bob- bing their heads to show they understood, and stoop- ing a little and resting their hands on their thighs to watch him mark the places on the ground with his cane; and then he stood up straight and stiff where Sherburn had stood, frowning and having his hat-brim down over his eyes, and sung out, "Boggs
Porthos and Aramis resumed their places by the stovepipe.
There was a door, and several windows, and through the top was stuck a stovepipe that led from a small stove inside.
Oh, it's a great life," the doctor proclaimed enthusiastically, pausing from sharpening his knife on the stovepipe.
This carries off the demand to manually collect information from multiple stovepipes and piece together correlating information.
Although the iron stoves could weigh up to several hundred pounds, they and their ventilation stovepipes were easily transported and gave off a significant amount of radiant heat.
The traditional military approach, which has been domain-centric and one of geographic stovepipes (maritime, air, space, and so on), does not properly account for the complexities of domain interrelationships.