from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A set of 24 or sometimes 25 sheets of paper of the same size and stock; one twentieth of a ream.
- n. A collection of leaves of parchment or paper, folded one within the other, in a manuscript or book.
- n. Archaic Variant of choir.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A book, poem, or pamphlet.
- v. To prepare quires by stitching together leaves of paper.
- n. A choir.
- n. The architectural part of a church in which the choir resides, between the nave and the sanctuary.
- v. To sing in concert.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See choir.
- intransitive v. To sing in concert.
- n. A collection of twenty-four sheets of paper of the same size and quality, unfolded or having a single fold; one twentieth of a ream.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A body of singers; a chorus.
- n. The part of a church allotted to the choristers; the choir.
- n. A company or assembly.
- To sing in concert or chorus; chant or sing harmoniously.
- To harmonize.
- n. A set of four sheets of parchment or paper folded so as to make eight leaves: the ordinary unit of construction for early manuscripts and books.
- n. A set of one of each of the sheets of a book laid in consecutive order, ready for folding.
- n. A book.
- n. Twenty-four sheets of paper; the twentieth part of a ream.
- To fold in quires, or with marks between quires.
- An obsolete form of queer.
- To nest within a once-folded outer sheet (one or more sheets of paper of the same size similarly folded); impose and print (separate pages of type) so that they can be properly outsetted or insetted in consecutive order.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets
Middle English quayer, four double sheets of paper, from Old French quaer, from Vulgar Latin *quaternus, from Latin quaternī, set of four, four each, from quater, four times; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)