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noun \ˈrēm\

: an amount of paper that equals 480, 500, or 516 sheets

reams : a large amount of writing

Full Definition of REAM

:  a quantity of paper being 20 quires or variously 480, 500, or 516 sheets
:  a great amount —usually used in plural <reams of information>

Origin of REAM

Middle English reme, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Arabic rizma, literally, bundle
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Paper Terms

folio, palimpsest, quire



: to criticize (someone) in an angry way

Full Definition of REAM

transitive verb
a :  to widen the opening of (a hole) :  countersink
b (1) :  to enlarge, shape, or smooth out (a hole) with a reamer
(2) :  to enlarge the bore of (as a gun) in this way
c :  to remove by reaming
a :  to press out with a reamer
b :  to press out the juice of (as an orange) with a reamer
:  reprimand —often used with out <reams out his players so severely — Alexander Wolff>

Examples of REAM

  1. He got reamed in the press for his comments.
  2. <reamed a whole new generation of suckers with a variation of the Ponzi scheme>

Origin of REAM

perhaps from Middle English *remen to open up, from Old English rēman; akin to Old English rȳman to open up, rūm space — more at room
First Known Use: 1815

Other Handicraft Terms

biscuit, darn, tambour, wrought
REAM[1] Defined for Kids


noun \ˈrēm\

Definition of REAM for Kids

:  a quantity of paper that may equal 480, 500, or 516 sheets
reams plural :  a great amount <I took reams of notes in class.>


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