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Spere \Spere\, v. i. [AS. spyrian to inquire, properly, to follow the track; akin to D. speuren, G. sp["u]ren, Icel. spyrja. [root]171. See Spoor.] To search; to pry; to ask; to inquire. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] [Written also speer, speir.]


Spere \Spere\, n. [See Sphere.] A sphere. [Obs.]


n. (context architecture English) The fixed structure between the great hall and the screens passage in an English medieval timber house.

Usage examples of "spere".

Ther cam a privee theef men clepeth Deeth, That in this contree al the peple sleeth, And with his spere he smoot his herte atwo, And wente his wey withouten wordes mo.

Upon his arm he baar a gay bracer, And by his syde a swerd and a bokeler, And on that oother syde a gay daggere, Harneised wel, and sharpe as point of spere.

And all about, the glistring walles were hongWith warlike spoiles, and with victorious prayes,Of mighty Conquerours and Captaines strong,Which were whilome captiued in their dayesTo cruell loue, and wrought their owne decayes:Their swerds & speres were broke, & hauberques rent.

Ne how somme caste hir sheeld, and somme hir spere, And of hire vestimentz whiche that they were, And coppes full of wyn, and milk, and blood, Into the fyr, that brente as it were wood, Ne how the Grekes, with an huge route, Thryes riden al the place aboute, Upon the left hand with a loud shoutynge, And thries with hir speres claterynge, And thries how the ladyes gonne crye, And how that lad was homward Emelye.

Ne no man shal unto his felawe ryde But o cours, with a sharpe ygrounde spere.

Whereto thus Scudamour, Small harme it wereFor any knight, vpon a ventrous knightWithout displeasance for to proue his spere.

Lyoun and Eagle loudlie cry His name: The Phoenix that schall spurn the shatter'd Spere.