- n. [建] 尖顶；尖塔；螺旋
- vi. 螺旋形上升
- vt. 给…加塔尖
- n. (Spire)人名；(德)施皮雷；(法)斯皮尔
1. 注意区分：squire <=> spire.
2. PIE base *spei- "sharp point" => spire.
3. 同源词：spine, spike, spoke (n.), spit (n.2).
4. It is used for the 'tip of a spiral shell'.
来自古英语 spir,尖刺，来自 Proto-Germanic*spiraz,尖刺，来自 PIE*spei,尖刺，刺点，词源同 spike,spoke.后用于指教堂顶部的尖顶，尖塔等。
- spire (n.)
- Old English spir "a sprout, shoot, spike, blade, tapering stalk of grass," from Proto-Germanic *spiraz (cognates: Old Norse spira "a stalk, slender tree," Dutch spier "shoot, blade of grass," Middle Low German spir "a small point or top"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). Meaning "tapering top of a tower or steeple" first recorded 1590s (a sense attested in Middle Low German since late 14c. and also found in the Scandinavian cognates).
- spire (v.)
- early 14c., "send up shoots," from spire (n.). Related: Spired; spiring.
- 1. The spire of the tower dominates the foreground.
- 2. The church spire was struck by lightning.
- 3. The tower culminates in a 40 - foot spire.
- 4. No one would dream of straightening out the knobbly spire at Empingham Church.
- 5. When they came to build the southern spire the foundations began to sink.
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