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 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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  • steeple — [ stipl ] n. m. • 1835; abrév. de steeple chase ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Steeple chase. 2 ♦ (1884) Course de fond (3 000 m) dans laquelle les coureurs doivent franchir divers obstacles dispersés sur la piste. Des steeples. Appos. Courir le 3 000 mètres… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 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

  • chaser — noun /tʃeɪsə/ a) A person or thing (ship, plane, car, etc.) who chases. [I]t looked like The Fellow was the best steeplechaser in many years. Hed earned the best speed rating Id ever given a chaser. b) Originally, a horse used for hunting; now, a …   Wiktionary

  • Chaser — may refer to: Chaser (video game), a 2003 sci fi first person shooter video game The Chaser, an Australian comedy group The Chaser (film), a South Korean film The Chaser (The Twilight Zone), an episode of The Twilight Zone Chaser (One Piece), a… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spiraea tomentosa — 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

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