quire

1 [kwahyuhr]
noun
1.
a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper.
2.
Bookbinding. a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English quayer < Middle French quaier < Vulgar Latin *quaternum set of four sheets, derivative of Latin quarternī four each

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quire

2 [kwahyuhr]
noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object), quired, quiring.
Archaic. choir.
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quire1 (kwaɪə)
 
n
1.  a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper; a twentieth of a ream
2.  a.  four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
 b.  a section or gathering
3.  a set of all the sheets in a book
 
[C15 quayer, from Old French quaier, from Latin quaternī four at a time, from quater four times]

quire2 (kwaɪə)
 
n
an obsolete spelling of choir

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quire
early 13c., "set of four folded pages for a book, pamphlet consisting of a single quire," from Anglo-Fr. quier, O.Fr. quaier, from V.L. *quaternus, from L. quaterni "four each," from quater "four times." Meaning "standard unit for selling paper" first recorded late 14c.

quire
early form of choir (q.v.).
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Example sentences
He did so, with sermons by the quire and reams of controversy, all recorded by an army of scribes.
Two desks and a quire of paper set him up, where he now sits in state for all comers.
And this conception has the capacity to be quire harrowing.
The costs you had in your attempt to accost of replacing a gravel driveway with a con-quire or begin a specific business.
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