\ 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

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 In 1948, Cleary moved into a new house and discovered a ream of typing paper in the linen closet. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, "Beverly Cleary Wrote About Real Life, and Her Readers Loved Her for It," 26 Mar. 2021 Place your laptop on a cardboard box, a stack of books, or a ream or two of paper to raise your laptop screen to eye level. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "So long, Silicon Valley!," 8 Dec. 2020 The form factor of a $14 ream of paper is not necessarily a great guiding light for a $1400 smartphone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device," 16 Oct. 2020 Also included are two small sculptural studies by Villanueva — prototypes for possible public art projects — and a ream of bright yellow paper and buckets of drawing utensils for visitors to use for their own artistic desires. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Art show at SMU’s Pollock Gallery aims to bring us together during pandemic," 23 Sep. 2020 This is a plainly terrible idea, even without the reams of evidence that for-profit homes are worse at caring for patients (and that private equity, in particular, has ruined yet another crucial part of our society). Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Intolerable Cruelty of Our Eldercare System," 26 May 2020 Advances in machine learning, a subfield of artificial intelligence (AI), would enable cars to teach themselves to drive by drawing on reams of data from the real world. The Economist, "Driverless cars are stuck in a jam," 10 Oct. 2019 Patients who had been trained to be docile and accepting came to doctors appointments with reams of data and genuine demands. Michael Specter, The New Yorker, "The Benevolent Rage of Larry Kramer," 28 May 2020 The acquisition makes Google the custodian of reams of people’s health and wellness data that’s been collected by Fitbit. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Google to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion in major health tech deal," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are a multitude of tools to ream or swage the crimp out of the primer pocket. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, "7 Money Saving Tips for Reloaders," 23 June 2020 But when you get reamed in a sketch or online or however, that s--t stings. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason It Took Eddie Murphy So Long to Return to 'SNL' Has to Do With David Spade," 22 Dec. 2019 Drenched in dread, Wyeth’s story is told mainly by an anonymous narrator via 84 flashback scenes reamed with abrupt, enigmatic silences. J. Michael Lennon, Washington Post, "A new collection of Joan Didion’s work reminds us that she is her most memorable character," 7 Nov. 2019 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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