Associations to the word «Spire»


SPIRE, noun. (now rare) The stalk or stem of a plant. [from 10th c.]
SPIRE, noun. A young shoot of a plant; a spear. [from 14th c.]
SPIRE, noun. A sharp or tapering point. [from 16th c.]
SPIRE, noun. A tapering structure built on a roof or tower, especially as one of the central architectural features of a church or cathedral roof. [from 16th c.]
SPIRE, noun. The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit. [from 17th c.]
SPIRE, noun. (mining) A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the charge in blasting.
SPIRE, verb. Of a seed, plant etc.: to sprout, to send forth the early shoots of growth; to germinate. [from 14th c.]
SPIRE, verb. To grow upwards rather than develop horizontally. [from 14th c.]
SPIRE, verb. (intransitive) (obsolete) To breathe. [14th-16th c.]
SPIRE, noun. One of the sinuous foldings of a serpent or other reptile; a coil. [from 16th c.]
SPIRE, noun. A spiral. [from 17th c.]
SPIRE, noun. (geometry) The part of a spiral generated in one revolution of the straight line about the pole.

Dictionary definition

SPIRE, noun. A tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top.

Wise words

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