noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
Examples from the Web for quiring
Historical Examples of quiring
Shakespeare himself ranged from gross naturalism to the quiring of cherubim.Ivory Apes and Peacocks
Now it is a merry din of quiring finches, all talking together.Doctor Cupid
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.
- four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
- a section or gathering
Word Origin for quire
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.).