v. i.1.To breathe.
n.1.A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass or of wheat.
An oak cometh up a little spire.
- Chaucer.
2.(Arch.) A tapering body that shoots up or out to a point in a conical or pyramidal form. Specifically (Arch.), the roof of a tower when of a pyramidal form and high in proportion to its width; also, the pyramidal or aspiring termination of a tower which can not be said to have a roof, such as that of Strasburg cathedral; the tapering part of a steeple, or the steeple itself.
A spire of land that stand apart,
Cleft from the main.
- Tennyson.
3.(Mining) A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the chargen in blasting.
4.The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit.
The spire and top of praises.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire.
[imp. & p. p. Spired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spiring.]
n.1.A spiral; a curl; a whorl; a twist.
2.(Geom.) The part of a spiral generated in one revolution of the straight line about the pole. See Spiral, n.
Spire bearer
(Paleon.) Same as Spirifer.
Noun1.spire - a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
Synonyms: steeple
acme, antenna tower, anthrophore, apex, apogee, arise, ascend, aspire, axis, barbican, become airborne, belfry, bell tower, blade, bole, bract, bracteole, bractlet, brow, buss the clouds, campanile, cane, cap, carpophore, caudex, caulicle, caulis, claw skyward, climax, cloud nine, cog, colossus, column, comb, come up, cotyledon, crag, crest, crown, culm, culmen, culmination, cupola, curl upwards, derrick, dome, edge, extreme limit, extremity, fang, fire tower, flag, float, floral leaf, fly, fly aloft, foliole, footstalk, frond, funicule, funiculus, gain altitude, glume, go up, grow up, hang, harrow, haulm, heaven, heavens, height, high noon, highest pitch, highest point, hover, involucre, involucrum, jag, kite, lamina, lantern, leaf, leaflet, leafstalk, leave the ground, lemma, levitate, lighthouse, ligule, limit, loom, martello, martello tower, mast, maximum, meridian, minaret, monument, mount, mountaintop, ne plus ultra, needle, no place higher, noon, obelisk, observation tower, pagoda, peak, pecten, pedicel, peduncle, petal, petiole, petiolule, petiolus, pilaster, pile, pillar, pine needle, pinnacle, pitch, plane, point, poise, pole, projection, pylon, pyramid, rake, ratchet, rear, rear up, reed, ridge, rise, rise up, sawtooth, seed leaf, seedstalk, sepal, seventh heaven, shaft, sky, skyscraper, snag, snaggle, soar, spathe, spear, spiral, sprocket, spur, stalk, stand on tiptoe, stand up, standpipe, steeple, stem, stipe, stipula, stipule, stock, straw, stupa, summit, surge, swarm up, sweep up, take off, television mast, tigella, tip, tip-top, tooth, top, tope, tour, tower, trunk, turret, up, upgo, upgrow, upheave, upmost, upper extremity, uppermost, uprise, upspin, upstream, upsurge, upswarm, upwind, utmost, vertex, very top, water tower, windmill tower, zenith, zoom
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