- 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 foot race run on a cross-country course or over a course having obstacles, as ditches, hurdles, or the like, which the runners must clear.
- to ride or run in a steeplechase.
Origin of steeplechase
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Examples from the Web for steeplechaser
The joy, too, of the engine-driver and the steeplechaser is upon us.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece
John Addington Symonds
I bought him thinking that he might make a steeplechaser, as rogues on the flat often develop into good "'chasers."
Then gradually he slowed up his steeplechaser, jerking powerfully at the bridles.The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Horses are very sporting animals, and the love of competition is inherent in them all, from the hack to the steeplechaser.The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
"Yerra, that one'd make a steeplechaser if he got the trainin'," declared Murty, all his troubles forgotten.Back To Billabong
Mary Grant Bruce
- a horse or an athlete that takes part in steeplechases
- 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
C19: so called because it originally took place cross-country, with a church tower serving as a landmark to guide the riders
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Word Origin and History for steeplechaser
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