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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n steeple a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thousands of people watched the Battle of Bunker Hill take place. People in the Boston area sat on rooftops, in trees, on church steeples, and in the rigging of ships in the harbor to watch the American revolutionaries battle the British.
    • n Steeple stē"p'l (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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n steeple A typically lofty structure attached to a church, town-house, or other public edifice, and generally intended to contain the bells of such edifice. Steeple is a general term applied to every secondary structure of this description, whether in the form of a simple tower, or, as is usual, of a tower surmounted by a spire.
    • n steeple A lofty head-dress worn by women in the fourteenth century. See hennin.
    • n steeple A pyramidal pile or stack of fish set to dry. Also called pack. See the quotation under pack, 10 .
    • steeple To rise above other buildings or objects as a steeple or a spire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Steeple stēp′l a tower of a church or building, ending in a point: the high head-dress of the 14th century
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.”
  • Doug McLeod
    Doug McLeod
    “I still say a church steeple with a lightning rod on top shows a lack of confidence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stepel, AS. stēpel, stȳpel,; akin to E. steep, a
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stýpel, stepelsteáp, steep.


In literature:

Has all spirit been taken out of you by the long-winded sermons of these knaves in steeple hats?
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
Against the distant sky-line is the steeple of a church.
"The Teaching of Jesus" by George Jackson
I ween it's fra' the church steeple yon.
"Madam Crowl's Ghost and The Dead Sexton" by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
Knox himself strongly resembling in attitude the dragon weathercock on Bow steeple painted black.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 19, Issue 552, June 16, 1832" by Various
He seemed as high as an ordinary spire steeple, and took about ten yards at each step.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
He had seen the steeples painted.
"The Alaskan" by James Oliver Curwood
How well remembered are the copses on the hills, and the steeples, those time-honoured landmarks to wandering riders!
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
My father had been up before daylight, and had resorted to the steeple.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
With twelve full-page illustrations from drawings by J. STEEPLE DAVIS.
"The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales" by Frank R. Stockton
What does a vane on a steeple tell us?
"Home Geography For Primary Grades" by C. C. Long

In poetry:

At thy feet a million people
Lie today without a breath;
Who, in worshiping thy steeple,
Found an everlasting death.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
But—the mighty forest was broken
By many a steepled town,
By many a white-walled farm-house,
And many a garner brown.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No time to woo! The train must go
Long ere the sun is down,
To reach, before the night-winds blow,
The many-steepled town.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And if here, from strand to steeple,
Be no stone to fame the fight,
Must I say the Lodi people
Are but viewing crime aright?
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
He was a baby of the people,
Nor aught of him I knew;
Only the shadow of one steeple
Abode upon us two; His arms around me grew.
"Magic-Lantern" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Gone steepled town and cultured plain,
The wilderness returns again,
The drear, untrodden solitude,
The gloom and mystery of the wood!
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Messiah Lutheran Church's steeple put into place.
Congratulations to the members of Messiah Lutheran Church, 7740 US 72 near Hughes Road in Madison, whose steeple was gently lowered into place on Wednesday (Dec 14, 2011).
Jim Commentuccci / The Post-Standard A section of a steeple for the First United Methodist Church is suspended from a crane as workers Friday prepare to install it on the church on West Genesee Street in Baldwinsville.
Bill Cartlidge puts the finishing touches on a new steeple atop the Carversville United Church of Christ on Thursday.
Lowell Avenue Baptist Church got a facelift on Monday when its refurbished steeple was returned to its place atop the church.
Lightning Strikes Ohio Church Steeple .
Hike O' The Month: Steeple Rock.
Patrick's steeple is being repaired.
Suit announced at steeple -lighting.
Most guidebooks dismiss Switzerland's largest city as an uninspiring warren of church steeples , fondue eateries and pricey boutiques.
LC church receives new steeple .
The Lake City First Baptist Church received a very expensive and very tall gift last Thursday--a new church steeple .
Steeple in the historic Wilson District - sunrise January 12, 2011.
The seven songs on Steeple Vultures last for nearly 36 minutes, but that barely seems like long enough.