steeple


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steeple
stone steeple with spire
atop St. Peter's Church,
Chéticamp
Nova Scotia, Canada

stee·ple

 (stē′pəl)
n.
1. A tower rising above the roof of a building, especially as a church or temple, and usually surmounted by a spire.
2. A spire.

[Middle English stepel, from Old English stēpel.]

steeple

(ˈstiːpəl)
n
1. (Architecture) a tall ornamental tower that forms the superstructure of a church, temple, etc
2. (Architecture) such a tower with the spire above it
3. any spire or pointed structure
[Old English stēpel; see steep1]
ˈsteepled adj

stee•ple

(ˈsti pəl)

n.
1. an ornamental construction, usu. ending in a spire, erected on a roof or tower of a church, public building, etc.
2. a tower terminating in such a construction.
3. a spire.
[before 1000; Old English stēpel tower. See steep1, -le]
stee′pled, adj.
spire, steeple - A spire is the tall pointed roof of a tower or the tall pointed structure on top of a steeple; a steeple is the tower plus the spire.
See also related terms for tower.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.steeple - a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the topsteeple - a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
church service, church - a service conducted in a house of worship; "don't be late for church"
pinnacle - (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
tower - a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building

steeple

noun spire, tower, belfry The church had a steeple, a bell tower and a clock.
Translations
الجُزْء العُلوي من بُرْج الكَنيسَهبُرْجُ الكَنِيسَة
kostelní věžvěžička
spir
kirkontorni
zvonik
templomtorony
turn
尖塔
뾰족탑
bėgimas su kliūtimis
smailezvanu tornis
kostolná veža
kyrktorn
ยอดหลังคา
kilise kulesikilise/çan kulesi
ngọn tháp

steeple

[ˈstiːpl] Naguja f, chapitel m

steeple

[ˈstiːpəl] nclocher m

steeple

nKirchturm m

steeple

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steeplechase
n (for horses) → Jagdrennen nt, → Hindernisrennen nt; (for runners) → Hindernislauf m
steeplechaser
n (= horse)Steepler m; (= jockey)Reiter(in) m(f)in einem Jagdrennen; (= runner)Hindernisläufer(in) m(f)
steeplejack
nTurmarbeiter(in) m(f)

steeple

[ˈstiːpl] ncampanile m

steeple

(ˈstiːpl) noun
a high tower of a church etc, usually having a spire.
ˈsteeplechase noun
a race on horseback or on foot across open country, over hedges etc, or over a course on which obstacles (eg fences, hedges etc) have been made.

steeple

بُرْجُ الكَنِيسَة věžička spir Kirchturm καμπαναριό campanario kirkontorni clocher zvonik campanile 尖塔 뾰족탑 torenspits spir wieża campanário, torre da igreja колокольня kyrktorn ยอดหลังคา kilise kulesi ngọn tháp 尖塔
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Insufferable in the glare of a Sabbath sun, bleak, windy, and flaring in the gloom of a Sabbath night, and hopelessly depressing on all days of the week, the First Presbyterian Church lifted its blunt steeple from the barrenest area of the flats, and was hideous
But, Lord, look you, sir --hearts and souls alive, man --the next instant, in a jiff, I was blind as a bat --both eyes out --all befogged and bedeadened with black foam --the whale's tail looming straight up out of it, perpendicular in the air, like a marble steeple.
They go to the university to put a mansard roof on their whole general education; but the German student already has his mansard roof, so he goes there to add a steeple in the nature of some specialty, such as a particular branch of law, or diseases of the eye, or special study of the ancient Gothic tongues.
The church's high-backed, uncushioned pews would seat about three hundred persons; the edifice was but a small, plain affair, with a sort of pine board tree-box on top of it for a steeple.
Sitting up here with you is most as good as climbing the meeting-house steeple.
And now I can recall the picture of the grey old house of God rising calm before me, of a rook wheeling round the steeple, of a ruddy morning sky beyond.
Another darkness was closing in as surely, when the church bells, then ringing pleasantly in many an airy steeple over France, should be melted into thundering cannon; when the military drums should be beating to drown a wretched voice, that night all potent as the voice of Power and Plenty, Freedom and Life.
When the church came to itself - for he was so sudden and strong that he made it go head over heels before me, and I saw the steeple under my feet - when the church came to itself, I say, I was seated on a high tombstone, trembling, while he ate the bread ravenously.
Besides the accommodation which these stations afforded, many hundreds had perched themselves on the branches of the trees which surrounded the meadow; and even the steeple of a country church, at some distance, was crowded with spectators.
He appeared as tall as an ordinary spire steeple, and took about ten yards at every stride, as near as I could guess.
On reaching this point, the pedlar no longer saw the man on horseback, but found himself at the head of the village street, not far from a number of stores and two taverns, clustered round the meeting-house steeple.
That rich undulating district of Loamshire to which Hayslope belonged lies close to a grim outskirt of Stonyshire, overlooked by its barren hills as a pretty blooming sister may sometimes be seen linked in the arm of a rugged, tall, swarthy brother; and in two or three hours' ride the traveller might exchange a bleak treeless region, intersected by lines of cold grey stone, for one where his road wound under the shelter of woods, or up swelling hills, muffled with hedgerows and long meadow-grass and thick corn; and where at every turn he came upon some fine old country-seat nestled in the valley or crowning the slope, some homestead with its long length of barn and its cluster of golden ricks, some grey steeple looking out from a pretty confusion of trees and thatch and dark-red tiles.