Rood steeple
Steeple Stee"ple (st[=e]"p'l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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. [1913 Webster]

{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; hardhack.

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • rood steeple — Rood Rood (r[=oo]d), n. [AS. r[=o]d a cross; akin to OS. r[=o]da, D. roede rod, G. ruthe, rute, OHG. ruota. Cf. {Rod} a measure.] 1. A representation in sculpture or in painting of the cross with Christ hanging on it. [1913 Webster] Note:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rood-steeple — roodˈ steeple, roodˈ tower noun The steeple and tower over the crossing of a church • • • Main Entry: ↑rood …   Useful english dictionary

  • rood steeple — noun see rood spire * * * rood steeple, a steeple that is built over the rood or over the intersection of the nave and transepts …   Useful english dictionary

  • Steeple — Stee ple (st[=e] p l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeple bush — Steeple Stee ple (st[=e] p l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeple chase — Steeple Stee ple (st[=e] p l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeple chaser — Steeple Stee ple (st[=e] p l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeple engine — Steeple Stee ple (st[=e] p l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Steeple house — Steeple Stee ple (st[=e] p l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel, st[=y]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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rood — • A term, often used to signify the True Cross itself, which, with the prefix Holy, occurs as the dedication of some churches Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Rood     Rood      …   Catholic encyclopedia

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