\ ˈrēm How to pronounce ream (audio) \

Definition of ream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


reamed; reaming; reams

Definition of ream (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 (something, such as a gun) in this way
c : to remove by reaming
2a : to press out with a reamer
b : to press out the juice of (a fruit, such as an orange) with a reamer
4 : reprimand often used with out reams out his players so severely— Alexander Wolff

Examples of ream in a Sentence

Verb He got reamed in the press for his comments. reamed a whole new generation of suckers with a variation of the Ponzi scheme
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Unable to speak for himself, P-22 has spawned a ream of imitators on Twitter and Facebook. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 She also was called to the Brazilian national ream for the 2016 Olympics. Austin David, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 Fouts tried out for the ream in 2019 but didn’t make the roster after playing with the U19 team that summer. Michael Casagrande |, al, 7 Jan. 2022 The process requires an unwed mother to provide a ream of personal documents, take a DNA test and testify before a judge. Fox News, 14 Dec. 2021 That type of group running will make for a strong ream, but a frontrunner would help. Joe Magill, cleveland, 16 Aug. 2021 Five teachers will be selected to receive an EcoTank ET-4760, an extra set of replacement ink bottles and a ream of EcoTank Paper through a social media contest Monday through Friday. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 In 1948, Cleary moved into a new house and discovered a ream of typing paper in the linen closet. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Place your laptop on a cardboard box, a stack of books, or a ream or two of paper to raise your laptop screen to eye level. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are a multitude of tools to ream or swage the crimp out of the primer pocket. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, 23 June 2020 But when you get reamed in a sketch or online or however, that s--t stings. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 22 Dec. 2019 Drenched in dread, Wyeth’s story is told mainly by an anonymous narrator via 84 flashback scenes reamed with abrupt, enigmatic silences. J. Michael Lennon, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2019 During Pike’s first year as a starter, he was frequently reamed out on the sideline by Kelly for not making what Kelly thought was the correct read. Bill Koch,, 11 Oct. 2019 Thus, the screw stays put but the extractor continues to turn, reaming out the hole in the process. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 8 Nov. 2018 Obviously, Saturday night was not our best performance and some coaches would ream you and dig into individuals, but that doesn’t help anyone. Julian Cardillo, Pro Soccer USA, 16 June 2019 One end of the Easy Out is a stubby, reaming-style drill bit. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 8 Nov. 2018 Those reaming seats are at all price points -- $60, $95, $155 and $435 - and will be released closer to the date of the show. Andrea Simakis,, 13 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of ream


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ream


Middle English reme, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Arabic rizma, literally, bundle


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

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\ ˈrēm How to pronounce ream (audio) \

Kids Definition of ream

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

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