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 for Steeple
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Steeple \Stee"ple\ (st[=e]"p'l), n. [OE. stepel, AS. st[=e]pel,
     st[=y]pel; akin to E. steep, a.] (Arch.)
     A spire; also, the tower and spire taken together; the whole
     of a structure if the roof is of spire form. See Spire. "A
     weathercock on a steeple." --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]
     Rood steeple. See Rood tower, under Rood.
     Steeple+bush+(Bot.),+a+low+shrub+({Spiraea+tomentosa">Steeple bush (Bot.), a low shrub ({Spiraea tomentosa)
        having dense panicles of minute rose-colored flowers;
     Steeple chase, a race across country between a number of
        horsemen, to see which can first reach some distant
        object, as a church steeple; hence, a race over a
        prescribed course obstructed by such obstacles as one
        meets in riding across country, as hedges, walls, etc.
     Steeple chaser, one who rides in a steeple chase; also, a
        horse trained to run in a steeple chase.
     Steeple engine, a vertical back-acting steam engine having
        the cylinder beneath the crosshead.
     Steeple house, a church. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building
           (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at
           the top [syn: steeple, spire]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "steeple":
     antenna tower, barbican, belfry, bell tower, campanile, cog,
     colossus, column, comb, crag, cupola, derrick, dome, fang,
     fire tower, harrow, jag, lantern, lighthouse, martello,
     martello tower, mast, minaret, monument, obelisk,
     observation tower, pagoda, peak, pecten, pilaster, pillar,
     pinnacle, pole, projection, pylon, pyramid, rake, ratchet,
     sawtooth, shaft, skyscraper, snag, snaggle, spire, sprocket, spur,
     standpipe, stupa, television mast, tooth, tope, tour, tower,
     turret, water tower, windmill tower

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