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spire 1

 (spīr)
n.
1. A top part or structure that tapers upward, such as a rock formation or steeple.
2. A slender, tapering plant part.
v. spired, spir·ing, spires
v.tr.
To furnish with a spire.
v.intr.
To rise and taper steeply.

[Middle English, from Old English spīr.]

spire 2

 (spīr)
n.
1.
a. A spiral.
b. A single turn of a spiral; a whorl.
2. The area farthest from the aperture and nearest the apex on a coiled gastropod shell.

[Latin spīra, coil, from Greek speira.]

spire

(spaɪə)
n
1. (Architecture) Also called: steeple a tall structure that tapers upwards to a point, esp one on a tower or roof or one that forms the upper part of a steeple
2. (Botany) a slender tapering shoot or stem, such as a blade of grass
3. the apical part of any tapering formation; summit
vb
4. (intr) to assume the shape of a spire; point up
5. (Building) (tr) to furnish with a spire or spires
[Old English spīr blade; related to Old Norse spīra stalk, Middle Low German spīr shoot, Latin spīna thorn]

spire

(spaɪə)
n
1. any of the coils or turns in a spiral structure
2. (Zoology) the apical part of a spiral shell
[C16: from Latin spīra a coil, from Greek speira]
spiriferous adj

spire1

(spaɪər)

n., v. spired, spir•ing. n.
1. a tall, acutely pointed pyramidal roof or rooflike construction upon a tower, roof, etc.
2. a similar construction forming the upper part of a steeple. See illus. at steeple.
3. a tall, sharp-pointed summit, peak, or the like.
4. the highest point or summit.
5. a sprout or shoot of a plant.
v.i.
6. to shoot or rise into spirelike form.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English spīr spike, blade, c. Middle Dutch spier, Middle Low German spīr shoot, sprig, Old Norse spīra stalk]
spired, adj.

spire2

(spaɪər)

n.
1. a coil or spiral.
2. one of the series of convolutions of a spiral.
3. Zool. the upper, convoluted part of a spiral shell, above the aperture.
[1565–75; < Latin spīra < Greek speîra; see spiral]

spire

- In Old English, it meant "stalk" or "stem."
See also related terms for stalk.

spire

, steeple - A spire is the tall pointed roof of a tower or the tall pointed structure on top of a steeple; a steeple is the tower plus the spire.
See also related terms for tower.

spire


Past participle: spired
Gerund: spiring

Imperative
spire
spire
Present
I spire
you spire
he/she/it spires
we spire
you spire
they spire
Preterite
I spired
you spired
he/she/it spired
we spired
you spired
they spired
Present Continuous
I am spiring
you are spiring
he/she/it is spiring
we are spiring
you are spiring
they are spiring
Present Perfect
I have spired
you have spired
he/she/it has spired
we have spired
you have spired
they have spired
Past Continuous
I was spiring
you were spiring
he/she/it was spiring
we were spiring
you were spiring
they were spiring
Past Perfect
I had spired
you had spired
he/she/it had spired
we had spired
you had spired
they had spired
Future
I will spire
you will spire
he/she/it will spire
we will spire
you will spire
they will spire
Future Perfect
I will have spired
you will have spired
he/she/it will have spired
we will have spired
you will have spired
they will have spired
Future Continuous
I will be spiring
you will be spiring
he/she/it will be spiring
we will be spiring
you will be spiring
they will be spiring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been spiring
you have been spiring
he/she/it has been spiring
we have been spiring
you have been spiring
they have been spiring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been spiring
you will have been spiring
he/she/it will have been spiring
we will have been spiring
you will have been spiring
they will have been spiring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been spiring
you had been spiring
he/she/it had been spiring
we had been spiring
you had been spiring
they had been spiring
Conditional
I would spire
you would spire
he/she/it would spire
we would spire
you would spire
they would spire
Past Conditional
I would have spired
you would have spired
he/she/it would have spired
we would have spired
you would have spired
they would have spired
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spire - a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the topspire - a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
church service, church - a service conducted in a house of worship; "don't be late for church"
pinnacle - (architecture) a slender upright spire at the top of a buttress of tower
tower - a structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building

spire

noun steeple, turret, pillar, column, skyscraper, belfry, obelisk He saw the spire ahead through the trees.
Translations
قِمَّةٌ مُسْتَدِقَةقِمَّه مُسْتَدِقَّه
štíhlá věžvěž
spir
huippukärkiterävähuippuinen torni
toranj
spíra
尖塔
뾰족탑
smailėšpilis
smailetornis
štíhla veža
spira
ngọn tháp

spire

[ˈspaɪəʳ] Naguja f

spire

[ˈspaɪər] n [church] → flèche f, aiguille f

spire

n (of church)Turmspitze f, → Turm m

spire

[ˈspaɪəʳ] nguglia

spire

(ˈspaiə) noun
a tall, pointed tower, especially one built on the roof of a church.

spire

قِمَّةٌ مُسْتَدِقَة věž spir Turmspitze σπείρα aguja terävähuippuinen torni flèche toranj guglia 尖塔 뾰족탑 torenspits spir iglica coruchéu, torre шпиль spira สิ่งก่อสร้างสูงรูปกรวยที่เป็นส่วนหนึ่งของโบถส์ kilise kulesinin sivri tepesi ngọn tháp 尖顶
References in classic literature ?
I'd do as much for our Jimmy any day if I had a spire of hair worth selling.
For as in landscape gardening, a spire, cupola, monument, or tower of some sort, is deemed almost indispensable to the completion of the scene; so no face can be physiognomically in keeping without the elevated open-work belfry of the nose.
s to pull every spire o' har out o' my head, it wouldn't do no good, neither,--I 's so wicked
I carried straightway to the village the topmost spire, and showed it to stranger jurymen who walked the streets--for it was court week--and to farmers and lumber-dealers and woodchoppers and hunters, and not one had ever seen the like before, but they wondered as at a star dropped down.
We visited the principal church, also--a curious old structure, with a towerlike spire adorned with all sorts of grotesque images.
I turned in the direction of the sound, and there, amongst the romantic hills, whose changes and aspect I had ceased to note an hour ago, I saw a hamlet and a spire.
See, how our house and church are lessening in the distance; how the grave beneath the tree is blotted out by intervening objects; how the spire points upwards from my old playground no more, and the sky is empty!
He appeared as tall as an ordinary spire steeple, and took about ten yards at every stride, as near as I could guess.
Now and then a faint quiver of earthquake would be sensible, and sometimes the ascent of the spire of smoke would be rendered tumultuous by gusts of steam; but that was all.
One side of this space was occupied by the square front of the Province House, three stories high, and surmounted by a cupola, on the top of which a gilded Indian was discernible, with his bow bent and his arrow on the string, as if aiming at the weathercock on the spire of the Old South.
It is a very pleasant picture to imagine Antaeus standing among the Pygmies, like the spire of the tallest cathedral that ever was built, while they ran about like pismires at his feet; and to think that, in spite of their difference in size, there were affection and sympathy between them and him
A conspicuous church spire, the first seen distinctly coming from the sea, has a thoughtful grace, the serenity of a fine form above the chaotic disorder of men's houses.