spire

1
[ spahyuhr ]
/ spaɪər /

noun

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.

verb (used without object), spired, spir·ing.

to shoot or rise into spirelike form; rise or extend to a height in the manner of a spire.

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Origin of spire

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English spīr spike, blade; cognate with Middle Dutch spier,Middle Low German spīr shoot, sprout, sprig, Old Norse spīra stalk

OTHER WORDS FROM spire

spireless, adjectiveun·spir·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH spire

spire , steeple

Definition for spire (2 of 2)

spire2
[ spahyuhr ]
/ spaɪər /

noun

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 spire

2
1565–75; <Latin spīra<Greek speîra;see spiral

OTHER WORDS FROM spire

spireless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spire (1 of 2)

spire1
/ (spaɪə) /

noun

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

verb

(intr) to assume the shape of a spire; point up
(tr) to furnish with a spire or spires

Derived forms of spire

spiry, adjective

Word Origin for spire

Old English spīr blade; related to Old Norse spīra stalk, Middle Low German spīr shoot, Latin spīna thorn

British Dictionary definitions for spire (2 of 2)

spire2
/ (spaɪə) /

noun

any of the coils or turns in a spiral structure
the apical part of a spiral shell

Derived forms of spire

spiriferous (spaɪəˈrɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for spire

C16: from Latin spīra a coil, from Greek speira
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