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Meaning of STEEPLE

Pronunciation:  'steepul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top

STEEPLE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: spire
 See Also: pinnacle, tower



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Stee"ple\, n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st?pel; akin
to E. steep, a.] (Arch.)
A spire; also, the tower and spire taken together; the whole
of a structure if the roof is of spire form. See {Spire}. ``A
weathercock on a steeple.'' --Shak.

{Rood steeple}. See {Rood tower}, under {Rood}.

{Steeple bush} (Bot.), a low shrub ({Spir[ae]a tomentosa})
   having dense panicles of minute rose-colored flowers;

{Steeple chase}, a race across country between a number of
   horsemen, to see which can first reach some distant
   object, as a church steeple; hence, a race over a
   prescribed course obstructed by such obstacles as one
   meets in riding across country, as hedges, walls, etc.

{Steeple chaser}, one who rides in a steeple chase; also, a
   horse trained to run in a steeple chase.

{Steeple engine}, a vertical back-acting steam engine having
   the cylinder beneath the crosshead.

{Steeple house}, a church. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.