Main definitions of ream in English

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ream1

noun

  • 1500 (formerly 480) sheets of paper.

    • ‘But these were simply photocopies made on paper purchased in cheap reams.’
    • ‘About 380,000 reams of paper were used for printing the rolls.’
    • ‘Intent on getting 10,000 bills of paper, I visited my local stationers and bought six 500-sheet reams of paper.’
    • ‘The duty cycle is up to 850,000 pages a month, which is 1,700 reams of paper.’
    • ‘This printer has just about everything you're looking for in a package only slightly larger than a ream of paper.’
    • ‘African colleagues are amused at the way I carry a ream of paper on my head.’
    • ‘The demand for ream after ream of white paper is putting a huge strain not only on America's forests, but the world's.’
    • ‘Oskar has convinced Bruno to buy him a ream of blank white paper (Oskar terms it ‘virgin’ paper) so that he can write out his autobiography.’
    • ‘If I glance over to my bag on the floor there's a shape about the thickness of two reams of paper in it.’
    • ‘‘We go through countless reams of paper,’ he said.’
    • ‘I bought a ream of paper and a glue stick for photocopying my zine.’
    • ‘A block of stamps the size of a ream of A4 paper would be worth a quarter of a million pounds - and you could just put it under your arm and walk away.’
    • ‘I confess I reverted to form and consumed nearly a ream of paper printing out the contents of the Websites I visited.’
    • ‘Mr Arthur told the paper that he had used 20 reams of typing paper in compiling the guide.’
    • ‘With two reams, he wouldn't have to worry about running out in the middle of a good part and having to get up to run to the store.’
    • ‘Diving in Spain was hampered in the past by a police state that wanted a ream of paperwork before you were allowed to do anything.’
    • ‘I bought a ream of paper and kept it close at hand.’
    • ‘Besides the main entrance to the room, there was another door, which now opened, and a clerk came out, clutching a ream of paper and his writing instruments.’
    • ‘In fact, I think the ream of paper sitting next to my printer is actually the same package I bought when I got to New York.’
    • ‘I ran over several unlabeled reams but they turned out to be low quality Xerox paper inadequate for the report.’
    1. 1.1usually reams A large quantity of something, especially paper or writing:
      ‘reams of paper have been used to debate these questions’
      • ‘Operations can also be reviewed at any time ‘without having to go through reams of paper, ‘she adds.’’
      • ‘From nature to human tragedies, the photographs tell tales reams of paper cannot.’
      • ‘Because the boundary between work and life tends to be fuzzy anyway, it's easy to bring home some envelopes, a few stamps, and a ream of paper in case a ministry-related letter needs to go out quickly.’
      • ‘They're going to be holding reams of paper with every word I've ever written here printed out on them and they are going to accuse me of being a traitor and a terrorist.’
      • ‘This necessitated that each campaigner maintain a ream of petitions, a separate sheet for each locality in the area.’
      • ‘I spent the days, and some of the nights, of that summer feverishly filling reams of paper with formulas.’
      • ‘We have handed over petitions - reams and reams of paper - and where has it got us?’
      • ‘It was a gripping photo that told the world more about the horrors of war than hours of talk or reams of paper ever could.’
      • ‘At first we were recycling reams and reams of paper but that has gone down as we are using less and using both sides.’
      • ‘For months I worked nonstop grinding out the detailed specification for the system - a monumental ream of paper going into incredible detail covering a gigantic object model and programming environment.’
      • ‘His desk, by contrast, had very few papers on it and some intuition told me that the slim ream of papers gathered orderly into a coherent pile meant something.’
      • ‘There are reams of research papers devoted to it.’
      • ‘But he also wrote reams of unpublished serious music.’
      • ‘Just as perplexing have been the mounting reams of academic papers examining her life and thought.’
      • ‘English historians, for instance, have used the reams of paper generated by the courts that dealt with serious crimes.’
      • ‘The case contains reams of papers, including cuttings from England, Norway, Finland and Germany dating from 1936 to 1975.’
      • ‘She took out her violin case and the ream of papers that was to be her and Brian's performance for John Cawthorne's little concert.’
      • ‘I wrote reams of poetry in my sixth form days, as a lot of people do.’
      • ‘Meeting planners promise that all these new devices will liberate conference-goers from their social insecurities and the reams of paper that can attach themselves to attendees.’
      • ‘This includes a handy option for printing multiple document pages on a single sheet of paper, so you can preview your finished results in miniature without wasting reams of paper.’
      a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French raime, based on Arabic rizma bundle.

Pronunciation:

ream

/riːm/

Main definitions of ream in English

: ream1ream2ream3

ream2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Widen (a hole) with a special tool:

    ‘a fan which has a small enough hole to be reamed out to the correct size’
    • ‘If step 4 does not work, you need to go to a machine shop and get the post reamed out of the seat tube.’
    • ‘Wilson drills and reams a hole that will form the beginning of the bolt channel.’
    • ‘Put the bar in place, give it a good whack with a hammer to mark the spot, and ream out a large enough hole so that the bar fits flush with the ceiling.’
    • ‘Once cooled, the outer clay is chipped away and the carbonized core reamed out, with the casting filed and chased.’
    • ‘At this stage, you've reamed the primer pocket and the flash hole.’
    • ‘If the only drill is too small, use a small screwdriver, knife, or round file to ream out the hole until the fastener will slide in snugly.’
    • ‘A further development was to use a brace and bit to ream out (as bone dust) burr holes about 1 cm in diameter.’
    1. 1.1 Widen a bore or hole in (a gun or other metal object) with a special tool:
      ‘the rods were marked out, drilled, and reamed’
      • ‘It can also be used in drilling, end milling and reaming applications.’
      • ‘The frame and barrel are a single casting, which allows for easy manufacturing, but poses challenges to drilling, reaming and rifling.’
      • ‘Pete wanted something a little more elaborate and chose a custom rifle reamed to 7x57.’
      • ‘The .38 Super cartridge is larger in diameter than the .38 Special, so the first efforts involved reaming out the chamber area and making a sleeve that was silver soldered in place.’
      • ‘The original chamber was simply reamed out about 0.10’ oversize and a steel sleeve silver soldered in place.’
      • ‘The only thing a framebuilder could do is build up some brass inside the end of the head tube and ream it out to the proper size.’
      • ‘The remaining piece was then reamed out and a straight piece of barrel blank turned to fit and soldered in place.’
      • ‘The first honest to goodness minute-of-angle sporting rifle I ever owned was reamed to .300.’
      • ‘Each of the six machines are capable of performing all of the necessary machining processes on each knuckle including milling, drilling, reaming and cutting all ball joint angles and tapers.’
      • ‘After gun drilling, the rough bore must be reamed to establish the desired internal diameter and to improve surface finish.’
    2. 1.2North American Clear out or remove (material) from something:
      ‘pierce, probe, and ream out the bony chambers of the crab's body’
      • ‘When we re-installed the outer wings, we reamed the taper hole to clean out the corrosion.’
      • ‘Sounding rods were used before antibiotics to ream out a gonorrhoea-mangled urethra.’
      • ‘He jumped up and reamed the glass shards out of the windowsill.’
      • ‘After you have cut the pipe, use the special blade on the tubing cutter to ream out the ‘burr ‘on the inside of the newly cut pipe.’’
      • ‘This rate is possible because reaming removes very little material.’
      • ‘Ditching old equipment while making a tidy profit is classic Bell monopoly reaming.’
      • ‘The dentist just completed an involved routine wherein one of my four favorite molars was reamed and repaired.’
      • ‘The fluid jets clean the blades during the reaming operation and inject fluid into the formation to mix slurry and lubricate the equipment.’
      • ‘The medullar canal was reamed, and an aluminum connecting piece was attached to the top of the tibia with screws and an epoxy resin.’
  • 2North American informal Rebuke (someone) fiercely:

    ‘the agent reamed him out for walking away from the deal’
    • ‘We didn't speak the entire way home and I just know he was about to explode and ream me a new one.’
    • ‘Of course, things were supposed to go on as normal for the next few hours until she could really ream him out.’
    • ‘He kissed me softly before he left and I was about to ream him a new one before I saw Jason standing at the foot of the stairs.’
    • ‘Too many times, we see a critic veer off the page to ream an author for the facts of his or her life.’
    • ‘She periodically gets up and goes into the next room and reams him out at top volume, while her obviously very fragile patient writhes on the couch.’
    • ‘Gloria entered Artie's office clutching her wounded arm, hoping it would buy her a little sympathy before he reamed her for her disappearance earlier that day.’
    • ‘Against Syracuse, though, Cleaves had to ream Peterson at halftime for his reluctance to assert himself.’
    • ‘His wife would ream him good tonight when she found out he spent the afternoon at the track instead of the home improvement store.’
    • ‘Her mind reeled back an hour, to when she'd been standing in Rick's office as he reamed her a new one.’
    • ‘I'm not saying Moore is above criticism either, I really reamed him out earlier this year when he endorsed Clark.’
    rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
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  • 3North American vulgar slang Have anal intercourse with.

Phrases

  • ream someone's ass (or butt)

    • vulgar slang Criticize or rebuke someone.

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

ream

/riːm/

Main definitions of ream in English

: ream1ream2ream3

ream3

verb

[NO OBJECT]Northern Irish, Scottish
  • Froth or overflow:

    ‘a full pot reaming with froth’
    • ‘His ladle ploutered in the reaming brew.’
    • ‘A huge pewter measuring pot reamed with excellent claret.’
    • ‘He is reaming over with brave, bright dreams of what he would like to do in this world.’
    • ‘It was washed down with a draught of Yule-ale that reamed briskly in a corner of the kitchen.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old English ream ‘cream’, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation:

ream

/riːm/