Definition of Quire

1. Noun. A quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets.

Generic synonyms: Definite Quantity
Group relationships: Ream

Definition of Quire

1. n. See Choir.

2. v. i. To sing in concert.

3. n. A collection of twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and quality, unfolded or having a single fold; one twentieth of a ream.

Definition of Quire

1. Noun. One-twentieth of a ream of paper; a collection of twenty-four or twenty-five sheets of paper of the same size and quality, unfolded or having a single fold. ¹

2. Noun. (''bookbinding'') A set of leaves which are stitched together, originally a set of four pieces of paper (eight leaves, sixteen pages). This is most often a single signature (i.e. group of four), but may be several nested signatures. ¹

3. Noun. A book, poem, or pamphlet. ¹

4. Verb. (context: bookbinding) To prepare quires by stitching together leaves of paper. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) A choir. ¹

6. Noun. The architectural part of a church in which the choir resides, between the nave and the sanctuary. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To sing in concert. ¹

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Definition of Quire

1. to arrange sheets of paper in sets of twenty-four [v QUIRED, QUIRING, QUIRES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quire

quire (current term)
quirk bead
quirk molding
quirk moulding

Literary usage of Quire

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1. The Publications of the Selden Society by Selden Society (1895)
"The end of this quire corresponds to a prominent division in the treatise. See above, p. 184. quire С of 8 folios. Hand 3, without marginal addiciones. ..."

2. The History and Art of Printing by Philip Luckombe (1771)
"Having laid down his dry laying, he takes another quire off the dry Heap, with the back of the quire in his right hand, and the edge of the quire in his ..."

3. Annual Reportby Michigan Board of State Auditors by Michigan Board of State Auditors (1912)
"126 Treasury balances, 26x30, 6 forms in each section, Russia ends and bands; first quire.. $6 00 per each quire additional to first quire in books of 5 ..."

4. Screens and Galleries in English Churches by Francis Bond (1908)
"CHAPTER III quire SCREENS OF CHURCHES OF SECULAR CANONS So far we have been ... There is no marked difference between the quire screens of the parish ..."

5. Screens and Galleries in English Churches by Francis Bond (1908)
"It formed the eastern barrier of the quire, and against the eastern face of it ... Down below it there was a single central passage through into the quire. ..."

6. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1877)
"Boston, Mass., have just got out a box containing one quire of paper and pack of ... The box contains one quire, and envelopes to match, of handsome laid ..."

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