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Spire, Spyre, n. [ME and e.m.E. spire (a1250), spyre (1377), OE spír, MDu. spier, MLG spîr, spyer. Cf. ON spíra and MLG speer, sper sparwork. Also in the later dial.] A vertical timber structure reaching from floor to ceiling in a building, probably lending support to the rafters, found at the end of a wooden seat in a church or by the fireside in a house. — The said Johne sale … complet the xxxiiij stallis in thar queir with the spiris and the chanslar dur; 1507 Cart. S. Nich. Aberd. II 346.
He gat his foot vpon the spyre To haue gotten the flesh doune to the pat He fell backward into the fyre And brack his head on the keming stock; Wyf Awcht. § 16 (K).

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