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Origin of quire1
Definition for quire (2 of 2)
noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
Example sentences from the Web for quire
In the case of a large book, a certain number of quires might be given to each one of a group of copyists.
In this case the quires must first be opened, the crease taken out, and the sheets laid open.Practical Bookbinding|Paul Adam
Oh, yes, I knowd old Jemmy Catnach fast enough—bought many hundreds, if not thousands of quires of him.The History of the Catnach Press|Charles Hindley
Now, in the formation of quires, sheets were so arranged that hair side faced hair side, and flesh side flesh side.A Sixth-Century Fragment of the Letters of Pliny the Younger|Elias Avery Lowe and Edward Kennard Rand
This method of binding the quires together is still used in making the best bindings.
British Dictionary definitions for quire (1 of 2)
- four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
- a section or gathering