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Quire vs. Ream

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Quirenoun

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.

Reamnoun

Cream; also, the creamlike froth on ale or other liquor; froth or foam in general.

Quirenoun

(bookbinding) 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.

Reamnoun

A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, nowadays usually containing 500 sheets.

Quirenoun

A book, poem, or pamphlet.

Reamnoun

An abstract large amount of something.

‘I can't go – I still have reams of work left.’;

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Quirenoun

(archaic) A choir.

Reamverb

To cream; mantle; foam; froth.

Quirenoun

One quarter of a cruciform church, or the architectural area of a church used by the choir, often near the apse.

Reamverb

To enlarge a hole, especially using a reamer; to bore a hole wider.

Quireverb

(bookbinding) To prepare quires by stitching together leaves of paper.

Reamverb

To shape or form, especially using a reamer.

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Quireverb

(intransitive) To sing in concert.

Reamverb

To remove (material) by reaming.

Quirenoun

See Choir.

‘A quire of such enticing birds.’;

Reamverb

To remove burrs and debris from a freshly bored hole.

Quirenoun

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.

Reamverb

(slang) To yell at or berate.

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Quireverb

To sing in concert.

Reamverb

To sexually penetrate in a rough and painful way, by analogy with definition 1.

Quirenoun

a quantity of paper; 24 or 25 sheets

Reamnoun

Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale.

Quirenoun

four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves, as in medieval manuscripts.

Reamnoun

A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets.

Quirenoun

any collection of leaves one within another in a manuscript or book

‘the scribe numbered the quires of his manuscript as well as the leaves’;

Reamverb

To cream; to mantle.

‘A huge pewter measuring pot which, in the language of the hostess, reamed with excellent claret.’;

Quirenoun

25 (formerly 24) sheets of paper; one twentieth of a ream

‘the package contained two quires of tracing paper’;

Reamverb

To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments.

Reamverb

To bevel out, as the mouth of a hole in wood or metal; in modern usage, to enlarge or dress out, as a hole, with a reamer.

Reamnoun

a large quantity of written matter;

‘he wrote reams and reams’;

Reamnoun

a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires

Reamverb

squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer;

‘ream oranges’;

Reamverb

remove by making a hole with a reamer;

‘ream paper’;

Reamverb

enlarge with a reamer;

‘ream a hole’;

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