ream·​er ˈrē-mər How to pronounce reamer (audio)
: one that reams: such as
: a rotating finishing tool with cutting edges used to enlarge or shape a hole
: a fruit juice extractor with a ridged and pointed center rising from a shallow dish

Illustration of reamer

Illustration of reamer
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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The muddler is also a reamer while the dynamic garnish tool can do it all, from citrus zesting to creating twists or peeling (channel knife included). Mark Stock, Men's Health, 1 Feb. 2023 Then use a reamer, juicer or juice-extracting tool to squeeze the juice out. Katie Workman, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2023 Citrus and twist garnish fans will appreciate the reamer to help juice citrus fruits, and the tool doubles as a muddler. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 21 Dec. 2022 Plus, there is a magnetizer, an awl, a jab saw, a conduit reamer, a rechargeable headlamp, and protective eyewear. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2022 The plug plus reamer tool is small enough for precision but large enough to fit comfortably in your hand for a frustration-free fix that’ll save you money, time, and a headache. Aaron H. Bible, Popular Mechanics, 27 Sep. 2022 Simply squeeze the lemon half over the strainer into the bowl or twist a fork into the fruit as a substitute for a reamer. Laura Duerr,, 13 Mar. 2021 Just hold the citrus in one hand, press the reamer into the flesh with the other, and presto. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 28 July 2019 The squeezers at bat: a wooden reamer, a handheld squeezer, and hand-juicer with built-in measuring cup. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, 21 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reamer was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Reamer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


ream·​er ˈrē-mər How to pronounce reamer (audio)
: a tool with cutting edges for enlarging or shaping a hole

Medical Definition


ream·​er ˈrē-mər How to pronounce reamer (audio)
: an instrument used in dentistry to enlarge and clean out a root canal

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