Middle English Dictionary Entry

sparre n.
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Note: Cp. spire n.
(a) A piece of timber used in building; a rafter, beam; a board; -- also coll.; firre ~; hilinge of sparres, a roof; joininge of sparres, a roof or building; maister ~, a main beam or timber; (b) a piece of timber used in building or repairing a ship; a pole or spar used on board a ship; ~ bord; (c) a tree; also, a length of wood or timber [1st quot.]; (d) a pole or post used as a weapon; firre ~, a pole used in a mystery play; (e) her. a bar in a chevron; (f) in surnames; (g) in place names.