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Spire vs. Steeple

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Main Difference

The main difference between Spire and Steeple is that the Spire is a tapering structure on top of a building and Steeple is a tall tower, usually on a church or public building

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  • Spire (noun)

    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)

    Any of various tall grasses, rushes, or sedges, such as the marram, the reed canary-grass, etc.

  • 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.

    "The spire of the church rose high above the town."

  • Spire (noun)

    The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit. from 17th c.

  • Spire (noun)

    A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the charge in blasting.

  • 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)

    The part of a spiral generated in one revolution of the straight line about the pole.

  • Spire (verb)

    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)

    To furnish with a spire.

  • Spire (verb)

    To breathe. 14th-16th c.

  • Steeple (noun)

    A tall tower, often on a church, normally topped with a spire.

  • Steeple (noun)

    A spire.

  • Steeple (noun)

    A high headdress of the 14th century.

  • Steeple (verb)

    To form something into the shape of a steeple.

    "He steepled his fingers as he considered the question."

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  • Spire (verb)

    To breathe.

  • Spire (verb)

    To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire.

  • Spire (noun)

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

  • Spire (noun)

    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.

  • Spire (noun)

    A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the chargen in blasting.

  • Spire (noun)

    The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit.

  • Spire (noun)

    A spiral; a curl; a whorl; a twist.

  • Spire (noun)

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

  • Steeple (noun)

    A spire; also, the tower and spire taken together; the whole of a structure if the roof is of spire form. See Spire.

Webster Dictionary
  • 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

  • Steeple (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

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