- having a spire.
Origin of spired
- 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
Examples from the Web for spired
They saw the glint of the sun on lance-tip and spired helmet.The People of the Black Circle
Robert E. Howard
On each side of the window, which is in the front, is a niche (with) spired top.Addresses & Papers / Collectanea
Imposing, even in its shabbiness, stood the old house, at the end of an avenue of spired cedars.Mistress Anne
Up they thrust—domed and arched, spired and horned, pyramided, fanged and needled.The Metal Monster
It has triple belfry windows, and a spired stair turret, but the shallowness of the buttresses detracts from its impressiveness.Somerset
G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
- 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 spired
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.