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    steeple vs spire

    What is the difference between these two words?
    Do they both refer to the "needle" at the very top of a church tower?

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    Re: steeple vs spire

    What definitions have you found for the two words in various dictionaries? You need to show us that you have done some work yourself - we try not to spoonfeed answers to people on the forum.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: steeple vs spire

    I know what "spire" means, but I found the definition of "steeple" which means exactly the same and refers to this needle.
    Thus, are they interchangeable?

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    Re: steeple vs spire

    Some dictionary definitions of these two words are not very helpful. I found the first paragraph and the picture here more useful.

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    Re: steeple vs spire

    Ahh, so "steeples" refers to the entire tower, thanks!
    But - therefore - one thing is quite disturbing
    What is the cause of some dictioneries providing incorrect definitions? Is this word out of use?

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    #6

    Re: steeple vs spire

    Most Americans who know a word for the pointy thing at the top of a church would call it a steeple. The names of the components are more technical, and would likely be known correctly by architects and people with a particular interest, though they'd be familiar as general top-of-a-church-related words to a larger population. Belfry is familiar from the idiom bats in one's belfry, but few people could identify that part of a steeple.
    I am not a teacher.

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