Definitions for quirekwaɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper.

    Category: Printing

  2. Bookbinding. a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering.

    Category: Printing

Origin of quire:

1175–1225; ME quayer < MF quaier < VL *quaternum set of four sheets

quirekwaɪər(n.; v.t.; v.i.)quired, quir•ing.

  1. Archaic.

    Ref: choir.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quire(noun)

    a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets


  1. quire(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.

  2. quire(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.

  3. quire

    A book, poem, or pamphlet.

  4. quire(Verb)

    To prepare quires by stitching together leaves of paper.

  5. quire(Noun)

    A choir.

  6. quire(Noun)

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

  7. quire(Verb)

    To sing in concert.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quire(noun)

    see Choir

  2. Quire(verb)

    to sing in concert

  3. Quire(noun)

    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


  1. Choir

    Architecturally, the choir is the area of a church or cathedral that provides seating for the clergy and choir. It is usually in the eastern part of the chancel between the nave and the sanctuary. The choir is occasionally located in the western part of the nave, usually when geographical conditions do not permit an altar facing the East. The back-choir or retro-choir is a space behind the high altar in the choir of a church, in which there is a small altar standing back to back with the other.


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