Stee·ple n. 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.”
Rood steeple. See Rood tower, under Rood.
Steeple bush Bot., a low shrub (Spiraea 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.
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 [syn: spire]