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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [spahyuh rz]
    • /spaɪərz/
    • /spaɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [spahyuh rz]
    • /spaɪərz/

Definitions of spires word

  • noun spires a coil or spiral. 1
  • noun spires one of the series of convolutions of a coil or spiral. 1
  • noun spires Zoology. the upper, convoluted part of a spiral shell, above the aperture. 1
  • verb without object spires to shoot or rise into spirelike form; rise or extend to a height in the manner of a spire. 1

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Origin of spires

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English; Old English spīr spike, blade; cognate with Middle Dutch spier, Middle Low German spīr shoot, sprout, sprig, Old Norse spīra stalk

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Parts of speech for Spires


spires popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

spires usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for spires

noun spires

  • aciculae — Plural form of acicula.
  • apexes — the tip, point, or vertex; summit.
  • awns — Plural form of awn.
  • campaniles — Plural form of campanile.
  • chocks — Plural form of chock.

verb spires

Top questions with spires

  • why do churches have spires?
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