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ream

noun \ ˈrēm \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of ream

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

Recent Examples of ream from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ream

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

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ream

verb

Definition of ream

transitive verb
1 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 (something, such as a gun) in this way
c : to remove by reaming
2 a : 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

  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

Recent Examples of ream from the Web

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Origin and Etymology 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

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REAM Defined for English Language Learners

ream

noun

Definition of ream for English Language Learners

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

  • reams : a large amount of writing


ream

verb

Definition of ream for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize (someone) in an angry way


REAM Defined for Kids

ream

noun \ ˈrēm \

Definition of ream for Students

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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