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Spire vs. Steeple

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Spirenoun

The stalk or stem of a plant.

Steeplenoun

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

Spirenoun

A young shoot of a plant; a spear.

Steeplenoun

A spire.

Spirenoun

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

Steeplenoun

(historical) A high headdress of the 14th century.

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Spirenoun

A sharp or tapering point.

Steepleverb

(transitive) To form something into the shape of a steeple.

β€˜He steepled his fingers as he considered the question.’;

Spirenoun

A tapering structure built on a roof or tower, especially as one of the central architectural features of a church or cathedral roof.

β€˜The spire of the church rose high above the town.’;

Steeplenoun

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

Spirenoun

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

Steeplenoun

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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Spirenoun

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

Steeple

In architecture, a steeple is a tall tower on a building, topped by a spire and often incorporating a belfry and other components. Steeples are very common on Christian churches and cathedrals and the use of the term generally connotes a religious structure.

Spirenoun

One of the sinuous foldings of a serpent or other reptile; a coil.

Spirenoun

A spiral.

Spirenoun

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

Spireverb

(of a seed, plant etc.) to sprout, to send forth the early shoots of growth; to germinate.

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Spireverb

To grow upwards rather than develop horizontally.

Spireverb

(transitive) To furnish with a spire.

Spireverb

To breathe.

Spireverb

To breathe.

Spireverb

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

β€˜It is not so apt to spire up as the other sorts, being more inclined to branch into arms.’;

Spirenoun

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

β€˜An oak cometh up a little spire.’;

Spirenoun

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.

β€˜A spire of land that stand apart,Cleft from the main.’; β€˜Tall spire from which the sound of cheerful bellsJust undulates upon the listening ear.’;

Spirenoun

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

Spirenoun

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

β€˜The spire and top of praises.’;

Spirenoun

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

Spirenoun

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

Spirenoun

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

Spire

A spire is a tall, slender, pointed structure on top of a roof or tower, especially at the summit of church steeples. A spire may have a square, circular, or polygonal plan, with a roughly conical or pyramidal shape.

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