Meaning of SPIRE in English

I. ˈspī(ə)r, -īə noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English spir, spire, from Old English spīr; akin to Middle Dutch spier shoot, blade of grass, Old Norse spīra stalk, Latin spina thorn, spine — more at spine

1. : a slender tapering blade or stalk (as of grass or grain)


a. obsolete : a germinating plant : sprout

b. dialect Britain : sapling

3. : the top or end of something and especially of something held to taper to a point : the sharp tip : pinnacle

the spire of a tree

a spire of flame

4. : a conical heap or pile : a mass of pyramidal form

spires of rock


a. : a steeply tapering roof or analogous pyramidal construction surmounting a tower or towerlike structure

b. : steeple

II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English spiren, from spir, spire, n.

1. : to send forth or develop shoots : germinate , sprout

seeds spire under suitable conditions

2. of a plant : to run to stalk or stem : become spindly

3. : to shoot up into a spire : run up taperingly like a spire : mount or soar aloft

a towering crag … spired up — Thomas Gray

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin spira coil, twist, from Greek speira; akin to Greek sparton rope, esparto, Lithuanian spriñgti to choke on something

1. : spiral : a sinuous winding (as a serpent) : coil , curl , twist , whorl

2. : a series of curls or coils

3. : the upper part of a spiral shell including the whole series of whorls except the last or body whorl

4. : spiralium

IV. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to rise, fall, or otherwise move in or as if in a spiral : mount or soar spirally

up, up spires the song — Amy Lowell

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