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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I bought a ream of paper and kept it close at hand.’
    • ‘I bought a ream of paper and a glue stick for photocopying my zine.’
    • ‘I ran over several unlabeled reams but they turned out to be low quality Xerox paper inadequate for the report.’
    • ‘This printer has just about everything you're looking for in a package only slightly larger than a ream of paper.’
    • ‘The duty cycle is up to 850,000 pages a month, which is 1,700 reams of paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I confess I reverted to form and consumed nearly a ream of paper printing out the contents of the Websites I visited.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We go through countless reams of paper,’ he said.’
    • ‘Mr Arthur told the paper that he had used 20 reams of typing paper in compiling the guide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If I glance over to my bag on the floor there's a shape about the thickness of two reams of paper in it.’
    1. 1.1usually reams A large quantity of something, especially paper or writing.
      ‘reams of paper have been used to debate these questions’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just as perplexing have been the mounting reams of academic papers examining her life and thought.’
      • ‘From nature to human tragedies, the photographs tell tales reams of paper cannot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This necessitated that each campaigner maintain a ream of petitions, a separate sheet for each locality in the area.’
      • ‘There are reams of research papers devoted to it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have handed over petitions - reams and reams of paper - and where has it got us?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he also wrote reams of unpublished serious music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I wrote reams of poetry in my sixth form days, as a lot of people do.’
      • ‘The case contains reams of papers, including cuttings from England, Norway, Finland and Germany dating from 1936 to 1975.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘English historians, for instance, have used the reams of paper generated by the courts that dealt with serious crimes.’
      • ‘I spent the days, and some of the nights, of that summer feverishly filling reams of paper with formulas.’
      • ‘At first we were recycling reams and reams of paper but that has gone down as we are using less and using both sides.’
      • ‘Operations can also be reviewed at any time ‘without having to go through reams of paper, ‘she adds.’’
      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’
    • ‘At this stage, you've reamed the primer pocket and the flash hole.’
    • ‘If step 4 does not work, you need to go to a machine shop and get the post reamed out of the seat tube.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wilson drills and reams a hole that will form the beginning of the bolt channel.’
    • ‘Once cooled, the outer clay is chipped away and the carbonized core reamed out, with the casting filed and chased.’
    • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The frame and barrel are a single casting, which allows for easy manufacturing, but poses challenges to drilling, reaming and rifling.’
      • ‘The first honest to goodness minute-of-angle sporting rifle I ever owned was reamed to .300.’
      • ‘After gun drilling, the rough bore must be reamed to establish the desired internal diameter and to improve surface finish.’
      • ‘Pete wanted something a little more elaborate and chose a custom rifle reamed to 7x57.’
      • ‘The remaining piece was then reamed out and a straight piece of barrel blank turned to fit and soldered in place.’
      • ‘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 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 original chamber was simply reamed out about 0.10’ oversize and a steel sleeve silver soldered in place.’
    2. 1.2North American Clear out or remove (material) from something.
      ‘pierce, probe, and ream out the bony chambers of the crab's body’
      • ‘This rate is possible because reaming removes very little material.’
      • ‘When we re-installed the outer wings, we reamed the taper hole to clean out the corrosion.’
      • ‘Ditching old equipment while making a tidy profit is classic Bell monopoly reaming.’
      • ‘The medullar canal was reamed, and an aluminum connecting piece was attached to the top of the tibia with screws and an epoxy resin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘He jumped up and reamed the glass shards out of the windowsill.’
      • ‘Sounding rods were used before antibiotics to ream out a gonorrhoea-mangled urethra.’
  • 2North American informal Rebuke (someone) fiercely.

    ‘the agent reamed him out for walking away from the deal’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Too many times, we see a critic veer off the page to ream an author for the facts of his or her life.’
    • ‘His wife would ream him good tonight when she found out he spent the afternoon at the track instead of the home improvement store.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, things were supposed to go on as normal for the next few hours until she could really ream him out.’
    • ‘Her mind reeled back an hour, to when she'd been standing in Rick's office as he reamed her a new one.’
    • ‘Against Syracuse, though, Cleaves had to ream Peterson at halftime for his reluctance to assert himself.’
    • ‘I'm not saying Moore is above criticism either, I really reamed him out earlier this year when he endorsed Clark.’
    • ‘We didn't speak the entire way home and I just know he was about to explode and ream me a new one.’
    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’
    • ‘It was washed down with a draught of Yule-ale that reamed briskly in a corner of the kitchen.’
    • ‘A huge pewter measuring pot reamed with excellent claret.’
    • ‘His ladle ploutered in the reaming brew.’
    • ‘He is reaming over with brave, bright dreams of what he would like to do in this world.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ream

/riːm/