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Now, spire by spire, fast sped and glided that blazing serpent.

"To church—the church with a spire at the end of the parade," said Lovibond.

The church is cruciform, and its spire the landmark for the surrounding country.

Surmounting its Early English tower is a spire of later date.

The style is Early English, and the spire reaches a height of 227 feet.

The beams of light glistened off the spire of the Galactic cache.

The spire was, we believe, finally removed about the end of the last century.

About the same time a spire of timber covered with lead was erected on the Tower.

On the third day, on a fine sunny afternoon, I departed from the city of the spire.

Its tower and spire, rising to the height of 150 feet, can be seen for some distance.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English spir "sprout, shoot, stalk of grass," from Proto-Germanic *spiraz (cf. Old Norse spira "a stalk, slender tree," 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). The verb is first recorded early 14c.

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