a horse race
over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges, and other obstacles over which
the horses must jump.
a foot race run on a cross-country course or over a course having obstacles, as ditches, hurdles, or the like, which the runners must clear.
verb (used without object), steeplechased, steeplechasing.
to ride or run in a steeplechase.
Origin: 1795–1805; steeple Related forms
; so called because the course was kept by sighting a church steeple