Definition of Spire

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.
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.
v. i.1.To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire.
[imp. & p. p. Spired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spiring.]
It is not so apt to spire up as the other sorts, being more inclined to branch into arms.
- Mortimer.
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.

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