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see spirespire,
high, tapering structure crowning a tower and having a general pyramidal outline. The simplest spires were the steeply pitched timber roofs capping Romanesque towers and campaniles. In later Romanesque architecture the spire was commonly octagonal, topping a square tower.
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A comparatively small and slender spire, usually located above the ridge of a roof, especially one rising from the intersection of the nave and transept roofs of Gothic churches.
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a field fortification used until the early 20th century. Flèches, which were sometimes permanent, were a type of redan with two faces, each 20–30 m long, that formed an obtuse angle, with the apex pointing in the direction of the enemy. They were built to cover important axes and points; an example is the Bagration flèches at the battle of Borodino of 1812, which were located near the village of Semenovskaia.

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A spire, usually comparatively small and slender, above the ridge of a roof, particularly one rising from the intersection of the nave and transept roofs of Gothic churches.
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