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spire

noun \ ˈspī(-ə)r \

Definition of spire

1 :a slender tapering blade or stalk (as of grass)
2 :the upper tapering part of something (such as a tree or antler) :pinnacle
3 a :a tapering roof or analogous pyramidal construction surmounting a tower
b :steeple
  • a church spire

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Origin and Etymology of spire

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

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spire

verb

Definition of spire

spired; spiring
intransitive verb
:to rise like a spire

First Known Use of spire

14th century


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spire

noun

Definition of spire

1 a :spiral
b :coil
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 and Etymology of spire

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


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spire

verb

Definition of spire

spired; spiring
intransitive verb
:to rise in or as if in a spiral

First Known Use of spire

1591


SPIRE Defined for Kids

spire

noun \ ˈspīr \

Definition of spire for Students

1 :a pointed roof especially of a tower
2 :steeple


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