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steeple

[stee-puh l] /ˈsti pəl/
noun
1.
an ornamental construction, usually ending in a spire, erected on a roof or tower of a church, public building, etc.
2.
a tower terminating in such a construction.
3.
(loosely) a spire.
verb (used with object), steepled, steepling.
4.
to provide with or form into a steeple or steeplelike configuration.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English stepel steeple, tower, Old English stēpel tower. See steep1, -le
Related forms
steepled, adjective
steepleless, adjective
steeplelike, adjective
unsteepled, adjective
Can be confused
spire, steeple.
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steeple

/ˈstiːpəl/
noun
1.
a tall ornamental tower that forms the superstructure of a church, temple, etc
2.
such a tower with the spire above it
3.
any spire or pointed structure
Derived Forms
steepled, adjective
Word Origin
Old English stēpel; see steep1
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Word Origin and History for steeple's

steeple

n.

Old English stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower" (related to steap "high, lofty"), from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for steeple's

steeple

tall ornamental tower, sometimes a belfry, usually attached to an ecclesiastical or public building. The steeple is usually composed of a series of diminishing stories and is topped by a spire, cupola, or pyramid (qq.v.), although in ordinary usage the term steeple denotes the entire structure

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