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spire

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noun \ˈspī(-ə)r\

Definition of spire

  1. 1 :  a slender tapering blade or stalk (as of grass)

  2. 2 :  the upper tapering part of something (as a tree or antler) :  pinnacle

  3. 3a :  a tapering roof or analogous pyramidal construction surmounting a towerb :  steeple <a church spire>



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Origin of spire

Middle English, from Old English spīr; akin to Middle Dutch spier blade of grass


First Known Use: before 12th century

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spire

intransitive verb

Definition of spire

spiredspiring

  1. :  to rise like a spire



14th Century

First Known Use of spire

14th century

Rhymes with spire


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spire

noun

Definition of spire

  1. 1a :  spiralb :  coil

  2. 2 :  the inner or upper part of a spiral gastropod shell consisting of all the whorls except the whorl in contact with the body



Origin of spire

Latin spira coil, from Greek speira; perhaps akin to Greek sparton rope, esparto


First Known Use: 1545


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spire

intransitive verb

Definition of spire

spiredspiring

  1. :  to rise in or as if in a spiral



1591

First Known Use of spire

1591


SPIRE Defined for Kids

spire

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noun \ˈspīr\

Definition of spire for Students

  1. 1 :  a pointed roof especially of a tower

  2. 2 :  steeple





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