\ 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 pluralreams 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 outreams out his players so severely— Alexander Wolff

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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 For this to work, engineers must enter reams of flight data, developed first from wind tunnel tests and computer simulations and then in the final stages from actual flight tests. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing’s defense of 737 MAX flight-control system in wake of pilot messages stands up," 22 Oct. 2019 By using its reams of customer and geographic data, Amazon can choose to handle the shipping of packages going to densely populated areas, which is more efficient than making deliveries to rural locations. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "FedEx Ends Amazon’s U.S. Ground Deliveries as Retailer Rises as Rival," 7 Aug. 2019 Now Theis has gathered up the old reams of sheet music and called out the various Jazz Mafia factions for a free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival performance Saturday afternoon. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Groundbreaking Jazz Mafia celebrates milestone with free SF show," 10 Sep. 2019 The widely accepted account that hijackers commandeered and crashed the four 9/11 planes is supported by reams of evidence, from cockpit recordings to forensics to the fact that crews and passengers never returned home. Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 9/11 Myths: About the Airplanes," 10 Sep. 2019 It was founded in 2013 by computer wizards who developed Apache Spark, an open-source program which can handle reams of data from sensors and other connected devices in real time. The Economist, "Technology firms vie for billions in data-analytics contracts," 5 Sep. 2019 He’s taken some first-ream reps the past few practices, but Ahkello Witherspoon is ascending and just got the first interception off Garoppolo. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers mailbag: Who could replace Goodwin as deep threat?," 7 Aug. 2019 Look at anything made from trees—a ream of paper, a cardboard box, lumber—and it's probably stamped with the logo of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or an equivalent organization. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Scientists say sustainable forestry organizations should lift ban on biotech trees," 23 Aug. 2019 The hackers, calling themselves the Guardians of Peace, stole and leaked reams of emails along with several unreleased films. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Cyberwar," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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,, "'Pike to Binns': An excerpt from author Bill Koch's latest book on UC Bearcats football," 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, "How to Extract Those Pesky Stripped Screws," 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, "Former Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni hoping to invigorate New Zealand," 16 June 2019 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

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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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“Ream.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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