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ream

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noun \ˈrēm\

Definition of ream

  1. 1 :  a quantity of paper being 20 quires or variously 480, 500, or 516 sheets

  2. 2 :  a great amount —usually used in plural <reams of information>

Origin and Etymology of ream

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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ream

verb

Definition of ream

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

  3. 2 a :  to press out with a reamer b :  to press out the juice of (as an orange) with a reamer

  4. 3 :  cheat, victimize

  5. 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>

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


First Known Use: 1815

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REAM Defined for English Language Learners

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ream

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noun \ˈrēm\

Definition of ream for English Language Learners

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

  • reams : a large amount of writing


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ream

verb

Definition of ream for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize (someone) in an angry way


REAM Defined for Kids

ream

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noun \ˈrēm\

Definition of ream for Students

  1. 1 :  a quantity of paper that may equal 480, 500, or 516 sheets

  2. 2 reams plural :  a great amount <I took reams of notes in class.>


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