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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In nature first blossoming re quires five years' growth.
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