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English Dictionary: spire by the DICT Development Group
5 results for spire
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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
    Synonym(s): steeple, spire
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spire \Spire\, v. i. [L. spirare to breathe. See {Spirit}.]
      To breathe. [Obs.] --Shenstone.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spire \Spire\, n. [OE. spire, spir, a blade of grass, a young
      shoot, AS. sp[c6]r; akin to G. spier a blade of grass, Dan.
      spire a sprout, sprig, Sw. spira a spar, Icel. sp[c6]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. [bd]With glistering spires
            and pinnacles adorned.[b8] --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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spire \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Spire \Spire\, n. [L. spira coil, twist; akin to Gr. [?][?][?]:
      cf. F. spire.]
      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}.
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