Main definitions of ream in English

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ream1

noun

  • 1500 (formerly 480) sheets of paper.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 bought a ream of paper and kept it close at hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We go through countless reams of paper,’ he said.’
    • ‘But these were simply photocopies made on paper purchased in cheap reams.’
    • ‘About 380,000 reams of paper were used for printing the rolls.’
    • ‘I confess I reverted to form and consumed nearly a ream of paper printing out the contents of the Websites I visited.’
    • ‘I bought a ream of paper and a glue stick for photocopying my zine.’
    • ‘Intent on getting 10,000 bills of paper, I visited my local stationers and bought six 500-sheet reams of paper.’
    • ‘The demand for ream after ream of white paper is putting a huge strain not only on America's forests, but the world's.’
    • ‘The duty cycle is up to 850,000 pages a month, which is 1,700 reams of paper.’
    • ‘African colleagues are amused at the way I carry a ream of paper on my head.’
    • ‘This printer has just about everything you're looking for in a package only slightly larger than a ream of paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A large quantity of something, typically paper or writing on paper.
      ‘reams of paper have been used to debate these questions’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At first we were recycling reams and reams of paper but that has gone down as we are using less and using both sides.’
      • ‘English historians, for instance, have used the reams of paper generated by the courts that dealt with serious crimes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have handed over petitions - reams and reams of paper - and where has it got us?’
      • ‘I wrote reams of poetry in my sixth form days, as a lot of people do.’
      • ‘This necessitated that each campaigner maintain a ream of petitions, a separate sheet for each locality in the area.’
      • ‘From nature to human tragedies, the photographs tell tales reams of paper cannot.’
      • ‘I spent the days, and some of the nights, of that summer feverishly filling reams of paper with formulas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just as perplexing have been the mounting reams of academic papers examining her life and thought.’
      • ‘Operations can also be reviewed at any time ‘without having to go through reams of paper, ‘she adds.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

ream

/rēm/

Main definitions of ream in English

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ream2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Widen (a bore or hole) with a special tool.

    • ‘A further development was to use a brace and bit to ream out (as bone dust) burr holes about 1 cm in diameter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If step 4 does not work, you need to go to a machine shop and get the post reamed out of the seat tube.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At this stage, you've reamed the primer pocket and the flash hole.’
    1. 1.1Widen a bore or hole in (a gun or other metal object) with a special tool.
      • ‘The remaining piece was then reamed out and a straight piece of barrel blank turned to fit and soldered in place.’
      • ‘The original chamber was simply reamed out about 0.10’ oversize and a steel sleeve silver soldered in place.’
      • ‘The first honest to goodness minute-of-angle sporting rifle I ever owned was reamed to .300.’
      • ‘The frame and barrel are a single casting, which allows for easy manufacturing, but poses challenges to drilling, reaming and rifling.’
      • ‘It can also be used in drilling, end milling and reaming applications.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After gun drilling, the rough bore must be reamed to establish the desired internal diameter and to improve surface finish.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pete wanted something a little more elaborate and chose a custom rifle reamed to 7x57.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2North American Clear out or remove (material) from something.
      • ‘He jumped up and reamed the glass shards out of the windowsill.’
      • ‘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 fluid jets clean the blades during the reaming operation and inject fluid into the formation to mix slurry and lubricate the equipment.’
      • ‘The dentist just completed an involved routine wherein one of my four favorite molars was reamed and repaired.’
      • ‘When we re-installed the outer wings, we reamed the taper hole to clean out the corrosion.’
      • ‘This rate is possible because reaming removes very little material.’
      • ‘Ditching old equipment while making a tidy profit is classic Bell monopoly reaming.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Sounding rods were used before antibiotics to ream out a gonorrhoea-mangled urethra.’
    3. 1.3North American vulgar slang Have anal intercourse with (someone)
    4. 1.4North American informal Rebuke someone fiercely.
      ‘the agent was reaming 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course, things were supposed to go on as normal for the next few hours until she could really ream him out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm not saying Moore is above criticism either, I really reamed him out earlier this year when he endorsed Clark.’
      • ‘Against Syracuse, though, Cleaves had to ream Peterson at halftime for his reluctance to assert himself.’
      • ‘Too many times, we see a critic veer off the page to ream an author for the facts of his or her life.’
      • ‘We didn't speak the entire way home and I just know he was about to explode and ream me a new one.’

Phrases

  • ream someone's ass (or butt)

    • vulgar slang Criticize or rebuke someone.

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

ream

/rēm/