stee·ple·chase | \ˈstē-pəl-ˌchās \

Definition of steeplechase 

1a : a horse race across country

b : a horse race over a closed course with obstacles (such as hedges and walls)

2 : a footrace of usually 3000 meters over hurdles and a water jump

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Other Words from steeplechase

steeplechaser \ˈstē-pəl-ˌchā-sər \ noun
steeplechasing \ˈstē-pəl-ˌchā-siŋ \ noun

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Not everyone was convinced Allie Ostrander's plan to run both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 at last year's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was a good one. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's hopes no longer depend on Ostrander's legs alone," 6 June 2018 The Bowerman Track Club's Josh Thompson used a strong last lap to lead the top six finishers under the USA Track & Field qualifying standard of 8:40.00 in the steeplechase. Ken Goe,, "Clayton Murphy wins the 1,500 at the Portland Track Festival with a decisive late move," 10 June 2018 Updike, 26, crushed his previous personal best by more than five seconds while recording the day's fastest preliminary time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska runner clocks fastest steeplechase preliminary time at national championships," 23 June 2018 The two-time Gatorade Idaho Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year will compete in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's hopes no longer depend on Ostrander's legs alone," 6 June 2018 The Stanford Invitational produces world leaders in the 100 hurdles and women's steeplechase. Ken Goe,, "On Shalane Flanagan, and on Fayetteville's bid for the NCAAs: Oregon track & field rundown," 2 Apr. 2018 Defending world champ Emma Coburn claimed her seventh US women’s steeplechase in 9:17.70., "Shelby Houlihan wins US outdoor 1,500-meter title," 24 June 2018 After winning the men's steeplechase in Rome, Conseslus Kipruto eyes the world record., "Intensity of feelings about the Hayward project becomes public: Oregon track & field rundown," 1 June 2018 Allie Ostrander, the defending champion from Soldotna who earlier this year won the NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase, came to Seward with her family but did not compete. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Skiers put on a show in women’s Mount Marathon race, with Yeaton winning her rookie run," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of steeplechase

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for steeplechase

from the use of church steeples as landmarks to guide the riders

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English Language Learners Definition of steeplechase

: a race in which people riding horses jump over fences, water, etc.

: a race in which runners jump over fences and water


stee·ple·chase | \ˈstē-pəl-ˌchās \

Kids Definition of steeplechase

1 : a horse race across country

2 : a race on a course that has hedges, walls, and ditches to be crossed

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