2 [kwahyuhr]
noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object), quired, quiring.
Archaic. choir.
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quire1 (kwaɪə)
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)
an obsolete spelling of choir

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Word Origin & History

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.

early form of choir (q.v.).
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