- a tall, acutely pointed pyramidal roof or rooflike construction upon a tower, roof, etc.
- a similar construction forming the upper part of a steeple.
- a tapering, pointed part of something; a tall, sharp-pointed summit, peak, or the like: the distant spires of the mountains.
- the highest point or summit of something: the spire of a hill; the spire of one's profession.
- a sprout or shoot of a plant, as an acrospire of grain or a blade or spear of grass.
- to shoot or rise into spirelike form; rise or extend to a height in the manner of a spire.
Origin of spire1
- a coil or spiral.
- one of the series of convolutions of a coil or spiral.
- Zoology. the upper, convoluted part of a spiral shell, above the aperture.
Origin of spire2
Examples from the Web for spire
The New York Times noted that “the largest model of Spire looks a lot like a giant iPhone.”
And as The New York Times reported in May, Marcus Theatres, a chain of movie theaters, has been testing the Spire in Wisconsin.
But in seven months, the team took the Spire from the drawing board to a real-world test in Albany, New York.
The Spire, like most fountains, has the basics -- Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Brisk Iced Tea and SoBe Lifewater.
The Spire rests on the same basic principal as the old-school fountains.
Now, spire by spire, fast sped and glided that blazing serpent.Beowulf
"To church—the church with a spire at the end of the parade," said Lovibond.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
Surmounting its Early English tower is a spire of later date.
The church is cruciform, and its spire the landmark for the surrounding country.
The style is Early English, and the spire reaches a height of 227 feet.Hampstead and Marylebone
Geraldine Edith Mitton
- 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
- a slender tapering shoot or stem, such as a blade of grass
- the apical part of any tapering formation; summit
- (intr) to assume the shape of a spire; point up
- (tr) to furnish with a spire or spires
- any of the coils or turns in a spiral structure
- the apical part of a spiral shell
Word Origin and History for spire
Old English spir "sprout, shoot, stalk of grass," from Proto-Germanic *spiraz (cf. Old Norse spira "a stalk, slender tree," Middle Low German spir "a small point or top"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). Meaning "tapering top of a tower or steeple" first recorded 1590s (a sense attested in Middle Low German since late 14c. and also found in the Scandinavian cognates). The verb is first recorded early 14c.