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 for Spire
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spire \Spire\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Spired; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Spiring.]
     To shoot forth, or up in, or as if in, a spire. --Emerson.
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           It is not so apt to spire up as the other sorts, being
           more inclined to branch into arms.       --Mortimer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spire \Spire\, v. i. [L. spirare to breathe. See Spirit.]
     To breathe. [Obs.] --Shenstone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spire \Spire\, n. [L. spira coil, twist; akin to Gr. ???: cf. F.
     spire.]
     1. A spiral; a curl; a whorl; a twist. --Dryden.
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     2. (Geom.) The part of a spiral generated in one revolution
        of the straight line about the pole. See Spiral, n.
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     Spire bearer. (Paleon.) Same as Spirifer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spire \Spire\, n. [OE. spire, spir, a blade of grass, a young
     shoot, AS. sp[imac]r; akin to G. spier a blade of grass, Dan.
     spire a sprout, sprig, Sw. spira a spar, Icel. sp[imac]ra.]
     1. A slender stalk or blade in vegetation; as, a spire grass
        or of wheat.
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              An oak cometh up a little spire.      --Chaucer.
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     2. 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. "With glistering spires
        and pinnacles adorned." --Milton.
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              A spire of land that stand apart,
              Cleft from the main.                  --Tennyson.
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              Tall spire from which the sound of cheerful bells
              Just undulates upon the listening ear. --Cowper.
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     3. (Mining) A tube or fuse for communicating fire to the
        chargen in blasting.
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     4. The top, or uppermost point, of anything; the summit.
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              The spire and top of praises.         --Shak.
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