Here and there a monolith of stone stood up out from the main cliff, spiring for a hundred feet or more.
The tendency is to slender, spiring tops, while they are narrower below.
Round and up, and ever up it went, narrowing and spiring to the zenith.
It also chanced that I had stopped in a spot where the spiring trunks rose naked of boughs to a considerable height.
The San Lorenzo fort was now a spiring red flame of fire—a beacon to the ships at sea.
Lovely starry night, the tall, spiring tree-tops relieved in jet black against the sky.
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.