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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Escaping from the quire was no easier than getting into it.
▪ That got me moving east fast, searching hard now for access to the quire.
▪ There was no way into the quire climbing over his lordship, but under ...?
▪ This could be an alternative route back to the turret, I thought, a route to bypass the quire.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Choir \Choir\, n. [OE. quer, OF. cuer, F. ch[oe]ur, fr. L. chorus a choral dance, chorus, choir, fr. Gr. ?, orig. dancing place; prob. akin to ? inclosure, L. hortus garden, and E. yard. See Chorus.]

  1. A band or organized company of singers, especially in church service. [Formerly written also quire.]

  2. That part of a church appropriated to the singers.

  3. (Arch.) The chancel.

    Choir organ (Mus.), one of the three or five distinct organs included in the full organ, each separable from the rest, but all controlled by one performer; a portion of the full organ, complete in itself, and more practicable for ordinary service and in the accompanying of the vocal choir.

    Choir screen, Choir wall (Arch.), a screen or low wall separating the choir from the aisles.

    Choir service, the service of singing performed by the choir.
    --T. Warton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "set of four folded pages for a book; pamphlet consisting of a single quire," from Anglo-French quier, Old French quaier "sheet of paper folded in four," from Vulgar Latin *quaternus, from Latin quaterni "four each," from quater "four times." Meaning "standard unit for selling paper" first recorded late 14c. In quires (late 15c.) means "unbound."


early form and later variant spelling of choir (q.v.).


Etymology 1 n. 1 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 (''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 A book, poem, or pamphlet. vb. (context bookbinding English) To prepare quires by stitching together leaves of paper. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context archaic English) A choir. 2 The architectural part of a church in which the choir resides, between the nave and the sanctuary. vb. (context intransitive English) To sing in concert.


n. a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets

Usage examples of "quire".

The gatherings, originally quaternions or quires, became different, and those who undertake to examine MSS.

He had unearthed from the library copies of communications between the Board of Prisons and the warden, a man named McCandless Quires, that documented the rescinding of the phase-out order and conferred autonomy upon the prison, with the idea that it should become a penal colony devoted to rehabilitation rather than punishment.

I turned again to Quires, realizing I could not help him, that he did not want my help, yet moved to give it nonetheless, and thus I did not see Colangelo break from the tunnel behind us.

Numbed by the aftershocks of adrenaline and rage, I left him for the rats or whatever else fate might have in store, and with a last glance at Quires, suspended between the light of heaven and the pit, like the filament in a immense bulb, I began my ascent.

Time and again I returned to the truths I had sensed as Quires cried out from his chains, the dualities of punishment and sacrifice he seemed to incorporate.

Ristelli, too, occupies a place in the dome of the anteroom, a mangy gray ghost slipping back into the world, and Causey is there as well, tumbling toward its center where, almost buried in light, Quires hangs in his eternal torment, a promethean Christ yielding to a barbaric sacrifice.

Or did Quires gradually win his way to a faith strong enough to compel his redemptive act?

Causey is there as well, tumbling toward its center where, almost buried in light, Quires hangs in his eternal torment, a promethean Christ yielding to a barbaric sacrifice.

SEMICHORUS I Therefore we quire to highest height The Wellwiller, the kindly Might That balances the Vast for weal, That purges as by wounds to heal.

His cataracts at smooth holiday, soon to roar Obstruction shattered at his will or whim: Kind to her ear as quiring Cherubim, And trampling earth like scornful mastodons.

Here in close recess With Flowers, Garlands, and sweet-smelling Herbs Espoused EVE deckt first her Nuptial Bed, And heav'nly Quires the Hymenaean sung, What day the genial Angel to our Sire Brought her in naked beauty more adorn'd, More lovely then PANDORA, whom the Gods Endowd with all thir gifts, and O too like In sad event, when to the unwiser Son Of JAPHET brought by HERMES, she ensnar'd Mankind with her faire looks, to be aveng'd On him who had stole JOVES authentic fire.

There's not the smallest orb which thou beholdest But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims.

Then she opened a cloth bag she had brought with her and took out a quire of vitron sheets which she proceeded to weave together by rapid, delicate movements of a pair of slender, tetra-faceted depolarizers, whose battery-fed wires made her look as though she were holding a large spider.

By evening, she had enough small floaters and illegally ac quired items to keep her well fed and content for the next month.

Dirzan took evident relish in telling Piemur that, by custom, the newest apprentice was re quired to maintain their brilliance.