[ stee-puh l ]
/ ˈsti pəl /
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.
verb (used with object), stee·pled, stee·pling.
to provide with or form into a steeple or steeplelike configuration.
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Origin of steeple
OTHER WORDS FROM steeplestee·pled, adjectivestee·ple·less, adjectivestee·ple·like, adjectiveun·stee·pled, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH steeplespire steeple
Words nearby steeple
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Example sentences 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|Samuel G. Goodrich
British Dictionary definitions for steepling
/ (ˈstiːpəl) /
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
Derived forms of steeplesteepled, adjective
Word Origin for steeple
Old English stēpel; see steep 1
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