|1.||a horse race over a course equipped with obstacles to be jumped, esp artificial hedges, ditches, water jumps, etc|
|2.||a track race, usually of 3000 metres, in which the runners have to leap hurdles, a water jump, etc|
|a. a horse race across a stretch of open countryside including obstacles to be jumped|
|b. a rare word for point-to-point|
|4.||(intr) to take part in a steeplechase|
|[C19: so called because it originally took place cross-country, with a church tower serving as a landmark to guide the riders]|
in athletics (track-and-field), a footrace over an obstacle course that includes such obstacles as water ditches, open ditches, and fences.
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