American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tall tower forming the superstructure of a building, such as a church or temple, and usually surmounted by a spire.
- n. A spire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A typically lofty structure attached to a church, town-house, or other public edifice, and generally intended to contain the bells of such edifice. Steeple is a general term applied to every secondary structure of this description, whether in the form of a simple tower, or, as is usual, of a tower surmounted by a spire.
- n. A lofty head-dress worn by women in the fourteenth century. See hennin.
- n. A pyramidal pile or stack of fish set to dry. Also called pack. See the quotation under pack, 10 .
- To rise above other buildings or objects as a steeple or a spire.
- n. A tall tower, often on a church, normally topped with a spire.
- n. A spire.
- v. transitive To form something into the shape of a steeple.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A spire; also, the tower and spire taken together; the whole of a structure if the roof is of spire form. See spire.
- n. a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
- Middle English stepel from Old English stipel, stypel, stepel, akin to Old English steap. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stepel, from Old English stēpel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“With quaint anglers in steeple-crowned hats, setting forth to fish, or breakfasting under a tree (untrammelled by the formalities of a nursery meal), or bringing their spoils to a wayside inn with a painted fish upon the sign-board, and a hostess in a high hat and a stiff-bustled dress at the door.”
“Our steeple is a prominent symbol, and, it must be said, how well we care for it speaks volumes about who we are.”
“Our steeple is a symbol, one that makes me think of other such symbols, such as the New England favorite, the lighthouse.”
“In the top of the steeple is the belfry with the fire bell inside.”
“A steeple is a tall ornamental structure on church or cathedral.”
“Company of Christ's faithful people,' and that the mere outward building where they were gathered should only be called a steeple-house if it had a steeple, or a meeting-house if it had none.”
“On the top of the steeple was a great gilded cross, considerably larger than a man.”
“An old man, being asked what he thought was the cause of the Sands, replied that he had lived near there, man and boy, fourscore years, and before the neighboring steeple was built there was no Sands, and therefore his opinion was that the steeple was the cause of the Sands.”
“Page 163 steeple, and in the steeple is the belfry, where exists, and has existed time out of mind, the pride and wonder of the village — the great clock of the borough of Vondervotteimittiss.”
“The white spire of the meeting - house ascended out of the densest heap of vapor, as if that shadowy base were its only support: or, to give a truer interpretation, the steeple was the emblem of Religion, enveloped in mystery below, yet pointing to a cloudless atmosphere, and catching the brightness of the east on its gilded vane.”
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