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[stohv-pahyp] /ˈstoʊvˌpaɪp/
a pipe, as of sheet metal, serving as a stove chimney or to connect a stove with a chimney flue.
Origin of stovepipe
First recorded in 1690-1700; stove1 + pipe1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stovepipes
Contemporary Examples
  • When I was in the military, we called the problem “inter-operability” or “stovepipes.”

    Terror Deja Vu Ken Allard December 28, 2009
Historical Examples
  • It is not mist at all; it is merely the smoke from the stovepipes.

  • Yesterday I had to change the stove and stovepipes because it smoked so bad that it almost smoked us out.

    The War Romance of the Salvation Army Evangeline Booth and Grace Livingston Hill
  • Snug, too, they looked, with smoke coming out of stovepipes that ran through the roofs of several of them.

    The Hosts of the Air

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • People are on the boats: men lounging, women in sun-bonnets, children, stovepipes with streaming smoke.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
  • The older daughter, Anna, and the two big boys slept upstairs, where the rooms were theoretically warmed by stovepipes from below.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • Keep them in covered boxes or dishes, away from the heat of stoves and stovepipes and out of the reach of rats and mice.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • We awake betimes to the rattle of the scrubbing brush and the sharp overthrow of stovepipes.

  • But off exhibition the "stovepipes" were not mere street corner ornaments addicted to posing and manicuring.

    The Trimmed Lamp

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for stovepipes


plural noun
(informal) tight trousers with narrow legs


a pipe that serves as a flue to a stove
Also called stovepipe hat. a man's tall silk hat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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