Spire

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spire \Spire\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Spired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spiring}.] To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire. --Emerson.

It is not so apt to spire up as the other sorts, being more inclined to branch into arms. --Mortimer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spire \Spire\, noun [L. spira coil, twist; akin to Gr. ???: cf. F. spire.]

1. A spiral; a curl; a whorl; a twist. --Dryden.

2. (Geom.) The part of a spiral generated in one revolution of the straight line about the pole. See {Spiral}, noun

{Spire bearer}. (Paleon.) Same as {Spirifer}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spire \Spire\, verb (used without an object) [L. spirare to breathe. See {Spirit}.] To breathe. [Obs.] --Shenstone.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spire \Spire\, noun [OE. spire, spir, a blade of grass, a young shoot, AS. sp[imac]r; akin to G. spier a blade of grass, Dan. spire a sprout, sprig, Sw. spira a spar, Icel. sp[imac]ra.]

1. A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass or of wheat.

An oak cometh up a little spire. --Chaucer.

2. 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. "With glistering spires and pinnacles adorned." --Milton.

A spire of land that stand apart, Cleft from the main. --Tennyson.

Tall spire from which the sound of cheerful bells Just undulates upon the listening ear. --Cowper.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

spire

noun

1: a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top [syn: {steeple}, {spire}]


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