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Meaning of SPIRE

Pronunciation:  spIr

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top

SPIRE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: steeple
 See Also: pinnacle, tower



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spire\, v. i. [L. spirare to breathe. See {Spirit}.]
    To breathe. [Obs.] --Shenstone.
  2. \Spire\, n. [OE. spire, spir, a blade of grass, a young
    shoot, AS. sp[=i]r; akin to G. spier a blade of grass, Dan.
    spire a sprout, sprig, Sw. spira a spar, Icel. sp[=i]ra.]
    1. A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass
       or of wheat.
             An oak cometh up a little spire.      --Chaucer.
    2. A tapering body that shoots up or out to a point in a
       conical or pyramidal form. Specifically (Arch.), the roof
       of a tower when of a pyramidal form and high in proportion
       to its width; also, the pyramidal or aspiring termination
       of a tower which can not be said to have a roof, such as
       that of Strasburg cathedral; the tapering part of a
       steeple, or the steeple itself. ``With glistering spires
       and pinnacles adorned.'' --Milton.
             A spire of land that stand apart, Cleft from the
             main.                                 --Tennyson.
             Tall spire from which the sound of cheerful bells
             Just undulates upon the listening ear. --Cowper.
    3. (Mining) A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the
       chargen in blasting.
    4. The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit.
             The spire and top of praises.         --Shak.
  3. \Spire\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Spired}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire. --Emerson.
          It is not so apt to spire up as the other sorts, being
          more inclined to branch into arms.       --Mortimer.
  4. \Spire\, n. [L. spira coil, twist; akin to Gr. ???: cf. F.
    1. A spiral; a curl; a whorl; a twist. --Dryden.
    2. (Geom.) The part of a spiral generated in one revolution
       of the straight line about the pole. See {Spiral}, n.
    {Spire bearer}. (Paleon.) Same as {Spirifer}.