\ 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

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Examples of ream in a Sentence


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

Yet the action in the semiconductor industry has shifted to processors that excel at processing reams of data for artificial-intelligence services, such as those sold by NVIDIA. The Economist, "Spectre and Meltdown prompt tech industry soul-searching," 11 Jan. 2018 Auto makers also are hoping broader bandwidths will help generate reams of data that can be used to refine maps, report on roadway conditions and provide instant feedback on a car’s performance. Chester Dawson, WSJ, "How 5G Paves the Way for the Driverless Car," 12 Sep. 2018 The ream arrived in Indianapolis at 3 a.m. Saturday after beating Dallas 127-124 on Friday, and completed a stretch of seven games in 11 days. USA TODAY, "Oladipo scores 23 points in return, Pacers beat Bulls," 6 Jan. 2018 Darryl Willis, part of a new group Google has created to court the oil and gas industry, said energy companies have reams of data but only use 5% of it, a serious problem in the digital economy. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Silicon Valley to Big Oil: We Can Manage Your Data Better Than You," 24 July 2018 Amazon is planning to offer a credit card to U.S. small-business customers, furthering its push to supply companies with everything from reams of paper to factory parts, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Fortune, "How Amazon Is Planning to Take Over the Office Supplies Market," 13 Mar. 2018 Amazon narrowed the contest to 20 finalist cities in January, then asked for reams of data and made whirlwind two-day site visits, during which cities tried to impress the company’s economic development team. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations," 13 Nov. 2018 Comcast’s NBCUniversal, Disney and WarnerMedia are all planning to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services, products that would hugely benefit from Hulu’s subscriber rolls and its reams of user data. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Hulu Raises Price of Live TV Service, Cuts Cost of Basic Plan," 23 Jan. 2019 The case had already resulted in reams of embarrassing details about Uber’s business practices being made public. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One end of the Easy Out is a stubby, reaming-style drill bit. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Extract Those Pesky Stripped Screws," 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,, "60,000 Hamilton tickets sell out in hours at Cleveland's Playhouse Square (photos)," 13 Apr. 2018 As this is happening, Veronica reams Archie for spilling the beans about Pop's. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Riverdale' Season 2 Episode 15 Recap: Everyone Is Creepy, and Everyone Is Evil," 14 Mar. 2018 Saban reamed him on the sideline and promptly yanked him. Conor Orr,, "Belichick and Saban: The Stories Behind Football’s Most Powerful Friendship," 18 Jan. 2018 The plumbers come out about once a year to ream the pipes, usually in the spring. Caitlin R. Mcglade,, "Database: What Broward teachers say about the mold issue in their classrooms," 31 Aug. 2017 After one series in which Brady threw incompletions to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, and in which Houston’s defense kept getting penetration, Brady yanked off his helmet on the way to the sidelines and reamed out his teammates. Peter King,, "Patriots-Texans Camp Practice: ‘A Great Day to Measure Yourself Against the Best’," 16 Aug. 2017 Now the stars are being refurbished, the aged pipes reamed clean and the new pump wrangled into its damp pit. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Where’s the water? In the nation’s capital, dry fountains mar the landscape.," 9 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of ream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of paper that equals 480, 500, or 516 sheets
informal : a large amount of writing



English Language Learners Definition of ream (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : to criticize (someone) in an angry way


\ 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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