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[kwahyuh r]
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noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
  1. Archaic. choir.
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Examples from the Web for quiring

Historical Examples

  • Shakespeare himself ranged from gross naturalism to the quiring of cherubim.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks

    James Huneker

  • Now it is a merry din of quiring finches, all talking together.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • It is as if the pearly gates had been opened for a brief interval to let the earth hear the “quiring of the young-eyed cherubims.”

    Some Spring Days in Iowa

    Frederick John Lazell

  • Mother kept 'quiring 'bout 'em as long as she lived and I have hoped dat I could hear from 'em.


British Dictionary definitions for quiring

quire1

noun
  1. a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper; a twentieth of a ream
    1. four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
    2. a section or gathering
  2. a set of all the sheets in a book

Word Origin

C15 quayer, from Old French quaier, from Latin quaternī four at a time, from quater four times

quire2

noun
  1. an obsolete spelling of choir
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Word Origin and History for quiring

quire

n.1

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."

quire

n.2

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

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