Definitions for: Ream

[n] a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
[n] a large quantity of written matter; "he wrote reams and reams"
[v] enlarge with a reamer; "ream a hole"
[v] remove by making a hole with a reamer; "ream paper"
[v] squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer; "ream oranges"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ream, n. [AS. re['a]m, akin to G. rahm.]
Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale. [Scot.]

Ream, v. i.
To cream; to mantle. [Scot.]

A huge pewter measuring pot which, in the language of
the hostess, reamed with excellent claret. --Sir W.

Ream, v. t. [Cf. Reim.]
To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or

Ream, n. [OE. reme, OF. rayme, F. rame (cf. Sp. resma),
fr. Ar. rizma a bundle, especially of paper.]
A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting
of twenty quires or 480 sheets.

Printer's ream, twenty-one and a half quires. [Eng.] A
common practice is now to count five hundred sheets to the
ream. --Knight.

Ream, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reamed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Reaming.] [Cf. G. r["a]umen to remove, to clear away, fr.
raum room. See Room.]
To bevel out, as the mouth of a hole in wood or metal; in
modern usage, to enlarge or dress out, as a hole, with a

See Also: definite quantity, enlarge, express, extract, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, press out, quire, remove, take, take away, withdraw

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