a traditional unit of quantity used for counting sheets of paper. The word is from Latin, meaning "by fours." A quire was originally comprised of 24 sheets cut from four of the large sheets produced by the paper maker. In modern use a quire is often reckoned as 25 sheets, so that a ream of 20 quires is now 500 sheets rather than the traditional 480.

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  • Quire — Quire, v. i. To sing in concert. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quire — [kwaıə US kwaır] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: quaer four sheets of paper folded once , from Latin quaterni four each, set of four ] technical 24 sheets of paper …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quire — ► NOUN 1) four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves, as in medieval manuscripts. 2) 25 (formerly 24) sheets of paper; one twentieth of a ream. 3) any collection of leaves one within another in a manuscript or book. ORIGIN Old… …   English terms dictionary

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