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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( n.) The part of a spiral generated in one revolution of the straight line about the pole. See Spiral, n.

(2): ( v. i.) To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire.

(3): ( n.) A spiral; a curl; a whorl; a twist.

(4): ( n.) The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit.

(5): ( n.) A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass or of wheat.

(6): ( n.) A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the chargen in blasting.

(7): ( n.) 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.

(8): ( v. i.) To breathe.

King James Dictionary [2]

Spire n. L. spira from the root of L. spiro, to breathe. The primary sense of the root is to throw, to drive, to send, but it implies a winding motion, like throw, warp, and many others.

1. A winding line like the threads of a screw any thing wreathed or contorted a curl a twist a wreath. His neck erect amidst his circling spires. A dragon's fiery form belied the god sublime on radiant spires he rode. 2. A body that shoots up to a point a tapering body a round pyramid or pyramidical body a steeple. With glist'ring spires and pinnacles adorn'd. 3. A stalk or blade of grass or other plant. How humble ought man to be, who cannot make a single spire or grass. 4. The top or uppermost point of a thing.


1. To shoot to shoot up pyramidically. 2. To breathe. Not in use. 3. To sprout, as grain in malting.

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [3]

Bibliography Information McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Spire'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/s/spire.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.