a horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which the horses must jump.
a point-to-point race.
a footrace run on a cross-country course or over a course having obstacles, such as ditches, hurdles, or the like, which the runners must clear.
to ride or run in a steeplechase.
- stee·ple·chas·er, noun
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How to use steeplechase in a sentence
The researchers collected results from major competitions for the marathon, 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters, and 3,000-meter steeplechase, as well as the 50K and 20K racewalks.Here’s How Weather Conditions Affect Your Running Speed | mmirhashem | October 27, 2021 | Outside Online
So I want to thank you for the way you celebrated after winning the 10,000-meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials, when you took an impromptu bath in the steeplechase water pit on your victory lap.
She is also a veteran steeplechase jockey who had to put weights in her jodhpurs to keep her mount on the horse.
The others fell into his wake, and the procession moved across country like a steeplechase.Cap'n Eri | Joseph Crosby Lincoln
After he had won—fairly won—the Yanyilla steeplechase, should he go to my father and ask for the wife he had won?The Moving Finger | Mary Gaunt
If my Cossacks had not indulged in that steeplechase my journey might have had a tragic ending.
There are no sensational water-jumps even at steeplechase meetings, the colonial horse not being accustomed to water.Town Life in Australia | R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
I gave him a fair start, then laid the hounds on and we had a five-mile point, going like a steeplechase all the way.
British Dictionary definitions for steeplechase
a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc
a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc
a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped
a rare word for point-to-point
(intr) to take part in a steeplechase
- steeplechasing, noun
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