Rood steeple. See Rood tower, under Rood.Steeple bush(Bot.), a low shrub (Spiræa tomentosa) having dense panicles of minute rose-colored flowers; hardhack.Steeple chase, a race across country between a number of horsemen, to see which can first reach some distant object, as a church steeple; hence, a race over a prescribed course obstructed by such obstacles as one meets in riding across country, as hedges, walls, etc.Steeple chaser, one who rides in a steeple chase; also, a horse trained to run in a steeple chase.Steeple engine, a vertical back- acting steam engine having the cylinder beneath the crosshead.Steeple house, a church. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.

(Stee"ple*chas`ing) n. The act of riding steeple chases.

(Stee"ple-crowned`) a.

1. Bearing a steeple; as, a steeple- crowned building.

2. Having a crown shaped like a steeple; as, a steeple-crowned hat; also, wearing a hat with such a crown.

This grave, beared, sable-cloaked, and steeple- crowned progenitor.

(Stee"pled) a. Furnished with, or having the form of, a steeple; adorned with steeples. Fairfax.

(Steep"ly) adv. In a steep manner; with steepness; with precipitous declivity.

(Steep"ness), n.

1. Quality or state of being steep; precipitous declivity; as, the steepnessof a hill or a roof.

2. Height; loftiness. [Obs.] Chapman.

(Steep"-up`) a. Lofty and precipitous. [R.]

Her stand she takes upon a steep-up hill.

(Steep"y) a. Steep; precipitous. [Poetic]

No more, my goats, shall I belong you climb
The steepy cliffs, or crop the flow'ry thyme.

Steep-down to Stem

(Steep"-down`) a. Deep and precipitous, having steep descent. [R.]

Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire.

(Steep"en) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Steepened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Steepening.] To become steep or steeper.

As the way steepened . . . I could detect in the hollow of the hill some traces of the old path.
H. Miller.

(Steep"er) n. A vessel, vat, or cistern, in which things are steeped.

(Steep"i*ness) n. Steepness. Howell.

(Steep"ish), a. Somewhat steep. Carlyle.

(Stee"ple) n. [OE. stepel, AS. stepel, stpel; akin to E. steep, a.] (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." Shak.

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