What does steeple mean?

Definitions for steeple
ˈsti pəlsteeple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steeple, spirenoun

    a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top


  1. steeplenoun

    A tall tower, often on a church, normally topped with a spire.

    Etymology: stepel from stipel, stypel, stepel, akin to Old English steap.

  2. steeplenoun

    A spire.

    Etymology: stepel from stipel, stypel, stepel, akin to Old English steap.

  3. steepleverb

    To form something into the shape of a steeple.

    He steepled his fingers as he considered the question.

    Etymology: stepel from stipel, stypel, stepel, akin to Old English steap.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steeplenoun

    a spire; also, the tower and spire taken together; the whole of a structure if the roof is of spire form. See Spire

    Etymology: [OE. stepel, AS. stpel, stpel; akin to E. steep, a.]


  1. Steeple

    A steeple, in architecture, is a tall tower on a building, topped by a spire and often incorporating a belfry and other components. Steeples are very common on Christian churches and cathedrals and the use of the term generally connotes a religious structure. They may be stand-alone structures, or incorporated into the entrance or center of the building.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Steeple

    stēp′l, n. a tower of a church or building, ending in a point: the high head-dress of the 14th century.—adj. Steep′led, furnished with a steeple: adorned with, or as with, steeples or towers.—ns. Steep′le-hat, a high and narrow-crowned hat; Steep′le-house, an old Quaker name for the building in which believers meet for worship; Steep′lejack, one who climbs steeples and chimney-stalks to make repairs. [A.S. stýpel, stepelsteáp, steep.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steeple in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steeple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of steeple in a Sentence

  1. Cesar Yabor:

    No such structure was known to be left behind due to the height issue -- if it had a steeple -- as well as the floating wood issue.

  2. Doug McLeod:

    I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.

  3. Chris Critar Schleusener:

    The fire damage is pretty much confined to the steeple, but there is a fair amount of water damage throughout the church underneath the steeple.

  4. Scott Richardson:

    I get some amazing photos with it, with a drone, you can hover three feet above the steeple and get a picture you can't get any other way.

Images & Illustrations of steeple

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. lacerate
    • B. usurious
    • C. lank
    • D. repugnant

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