quire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quire a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quire kwīr 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.
    • n Quire See Choir. "A quire of such enticing birds."
    • v. i Quire To sing in concert.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quire A body of singers; a chorus.
    • n quire The part of a church allotted to the choristers; the choir.
    • n quire A company or assembly.
    • quire To sing in concert or chorus; chant or sing harmoniously.
    • quire To harmonize.
    • n quire A set of four sheets of parchment or paper folded so as to make eight leaves: the ordinary unit of construction for early manuscripts and books.
    • n quire A set of one of each of the sheets of a book laid in consecutive order, ready for folding.
    • n quire A book.
    • n quire Twenty-four sheets of paper; the twentieth part of a ream.
    • quire To fold in quires, or with marks between quires.
    • quire An obsolete form of queer.
    • quire To nest within a once-folded outer sheet (one or more sheets of paper of the same size similarly folded); impose and print (separate pages of type) so that they can be properly outsetted or insetted in consecutive order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Quire kwīr a collection of paper consisting of twenty-four sheets, the twentieth part of a ream, each having a single fold
    • v.t Quire to fold in quires
    • n Quire kwīr old form of choir
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. quaer, quair, OF. quayer, cayer, caïer, F. cahier, a book of loose sheets, a quarter of a quire, LL. quaternus, quaternum, sheets of paper packed together, properly, four together, fr. L. quaterni, four each, by fours, quattuor, four. See Four and cf. Cahier

Usage

In literature:

Parliment law 'quire you to 'dress de chair to git permission to leave de hall'.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
A quire of foolscap, occupying the only clear space on his desk, is melting rapidly beneath his pen.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
See note on "the starry quire," line 112.
"Milton's Comus" by John Milton
A-my had her bi-cy-cle with her, and went off on it to see Grand-ma's neigh-bors and do any lit-tle er-rands that were re-quired.
"Pages for Laughing Eyes" by Unknown
He remembered a broken quire of sermon paper in his bedroom; he had used a few sheets of it for notes on Bishop Colenso.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
One-half quire kitchen paper.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
He 'quire 'round 'bout Mr. Wright's dogs.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
There had been quires of such verses, but she had destroyed all but a few leaves before she started for Littlebath.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
They will probably find the task more difficult than to blot over whole quires and reams of paper with careless assertions.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
No leaves had been torn out, but a quire or so of them had apparently become loosened from the threads that held them in place.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
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In poetry:

See Christ, and all th' angelic quire —
See all the saints, and just, above —
Who long to see thy soul aspire,
And fold thee in their arms of love.
"A Comfortable Conference Between A Pious Sick Man And His Soul, Against The Fear Of Death" by Rees Prichard
Lord William was buried in St. Marie's kirk,
Lady Margaret in Marie's quire;
Out o' the lady's grave grew a bonny red rose,
And out o' the knight's a brier.
"The Douglas Tragedy" by Andrew Lang
Now swift, thou azure shaft of fading fire,
Pierce through the rainbow! Swift, O swift! how streams
The world by! Let Sandalphon and his quire
Of Angels ward me!
Ho! what
"The Ladder" by Aleister Crowley
The sequent morn shall wake the sylvan quire;
The kid again shall wanton ere 'tis noon;
Nature will smile, will wear her best attire;
O let not gentle Delia smile so soon!
"Elegy XXV. To Delia, With Some Flowers" by William Shenstone
Aloud let us sing, 'till the whole world does ring,
And our notes to the heavens aspire,
That the angels above with our songs we may move,
And teach them to join in the quire.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard
O, 'tis a shame the sons of men shou'd e'er
Appear less grateful than the feather'd quire,
Who, ev'ry night and morn, their voices rear
To thank and laud their everlasting Sire!
"A Warning, Or Admonition, To Every Man, To Think On God In The Morning" by Rees Prichard

In news:

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JACKSONVILLE—Services for Lori Quire , 73, will be 2 pm Tuesday at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville.
Lecture, $10, reservations re quired.
JACKSONVILLE—Services for Lori Quire, 73, will be 2 pm Tuesday at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville.
Dozens of local folks "caught the spirit" last week during an exercise session led by Precious Quire-McCloud at the Miller Park Recreation Center.
Chief of Police Clark Quiring said the call total was low this year and no serious crimes were reported.
Roy-Quired listening: top picks from the master's catalog.
Quire Cleveland issues new CD, will perform concerts at Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral.
Seattle based Quiring Monuments came up with the idea.
Nan Henning, Fulda, (from left) and Clarice Fager, Worthington, look to purchase products from Fulda grower Brian Quiring at the busy Farmers Market Tuesday afternoon in Worthington.
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In science:

What are the maximum values acceptable in reality? The interpretation of hard X-ray observations of solar flares re quires a large number of accelerated electrons.
The spectral evolution of impulsive solar X-ray flares. II.Comparison of observations with models
At each step of randomization, we test that the graph remains connected (an O(M ) operation), resulting in an overall O(M 2 ) network generation process. A naive computation of the transitivity/clustering coefficient re quires checking every node for the existence of edges between every pair of neighbors of the node.
Evolving Clustered Random Networks
The ba sic as sump tion gen er at ing the ad di tional con straints needed to per form the so lu tion is based on the re quire ment to min i mize the dif fer ence in the lo cal ther mal en tropy gen er a tion rates cal cu lated by the ap prox i mate and the ex act pro file, re spec tively.
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination
There fore, the re quire ment to min i mize the dif fer ence in the en tropy gen er a tion rates at the point where they ex hibit their max ima is phys i cally equiv a lent to the con di tion the heat fluxes at the same point to be equal ir re spec tive of the tem per a ture pro files used in the cal cu la tions.
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination
In gen eral, the re quire ment to min i mize the dif fer ence in the ther mal en tropy gen er a tions by the ap prox i mate and the ex act pro files au to mat i cally gen er ates ad di tional phys i cal con straints de fin ing the op ti mal ex po nent of the par a bolic pro file at is sue.
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination
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