stovepipe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

stove + pipe

Noun[edit]

stovepipe ‎(plural stovepipes)

  1. Sheet-metal tubing used as a chimney for a stove or furnace.
  2. A channel for information which is compartmentalized in such a manner that some parties who might be interested in its use or be able to utilize it are restricted from accessing it.

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Verb[edit]

stovepipe ‎(third-person singular simple present stovepipes, present participle stovepiping, simple past and past participle stovepiped)

  1. To collect or store (information) in a compartmentalized manner, so that some parties who might be interested in its use or be able to utilize it are restricted from accessing it.