Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: spire
IPA transcription: [sp'aɪɹ]
Pronunciations of spire
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: steeple, spire
    Meaning: a tall tower that forms the superstructure of a building (usually a church or temple) and that tapers to a point at the top
Usage examples
  • She looked up at the spire and then at him with a faintly quizzical expression.
  • The church with the slender spire, that stands on the top of the hill now, was not there then to tell me the time.
  • In the distance they could see the spire of St. Philip's, one of the historic churches of Charleston, and everywhere fluttered the palmetto flag.
  • The moon was just riding up on the edge of the ravine, and like a bar across its face drove the spire of vapour that was for ever streaming from the fumaroles of the island.
  • It was level, open country all about them, dotted here and there with farmhouses, and in the distance the spire of a village church rose above the clustering houses and pointed to the sky.
  • The first glimpse we get of Stratford is the spire of Holy Trinity; then comes the tower of the new Memorial Theater, which, by the way, is exactly like the city hall at Dead Horse, Colorado.
  • Harry stopped a while to look at the ancient and noble state house, now the home also of the Confederate Congress, standing in Capitol Square, and the spire of the Bell Tower, on Shockoe Hill.
  • There before their eyes, set in the centre of a great green sward, fringed by tall elms and giant beeches, rises the vast fabric of the thirteenth-century Cathedral, its high spire piercing the skies in which rooks are for ever circling and calling.
  • As I am informed by Mr. Gwyn Jeffreys, the sole external difference between the sexes consists in the shell sometimes differing a little in form; for instance, the shell of the male periwinkle (Littorina littorea) is narrower and has a more elongated spire than that of the female.
  • The memorial church, with its twelve marble figures of the apostles, each weighing two tons, was badly injured by the fall of its Gothic spire, which crashed through the roof and demolished much of the interior; the great entrance archway was split in twain and wrecked; so, too, were the library, the gymnasium and the power house.
0. Word pronunciation is derived from article recording Zalman, License CC BY-SA 4.0
1. Word pronunciation is derived from article recording LDS Conference Center, License CC BY-SA 4.0