- an ornamental construction, usually ending in a spire, erected on a roof or tower of a church, public building, etc.
- a tower terminating in such a construction.
- (loosely) a spire.
- to provide with or form into a steeple or steeplelike configuration.
Origin of steeple
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Examples from the Web for steepling
The natural site of Edinburgh is remarkable, consisting of three rocky ledges, steepling over deep ravines.Peter Parley's Own Story
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- a tall ornamental tower that forms the superstructure of a church, temple, etc
- such a tower with the spire above it
- any spire or pointed structure
Old English stēpel; see steep 1
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Word Origin and History for steepling
Old English stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower" (related to steap "high, lofty"), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)).
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