- The definition of a ream is an amount of paper.
An example of a ream is a package of paper that includes around 500 sheets, depending on the manufacturer.
- To ream is defined as to criticize a person in an angry way to ream out someone.
An example of to “ream out” is to tell someone he did a terrible job at work.
- To ream means to get the juice out of a citrus fruit.
An example of to ream is to juice a lemon.
A ream of paper.
A ream of letter sized white paper.
ream definition by Webster's New World
- a unit of measure for a quantity of paper: the quantity varies from 480 sheets (20 quires) to 516 sheets, depending on the manufacturer
- Informal a great amount
Origin: Middle English rem ; from Middle French raime ; from Italian risma ; from Arabic rizma, bale, packet ; from razama, to pack together
- to enlarge (a hole) as with a reamer
- to enlarge the bore of (a gun)
- to countersink or taper (a hole)
- to remove (a defect) with a reamer
- ☆ to extract the juice from (a lemon, orange, etc.)
- to use a reamer on (a pipe bowl)
- ☆ Slang
- to cheat or deceive
- to scold; berate: often with out
Origin: Middle English dialect, dialectal remen ; from Old English reman, akin to ryman, literally , to make roomy ; from base of rum: see room
ream definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A quantity of paper, formerly 480 sheets, now 500 sheets or, in a printer's ream, 516 sheets.
- A very large amount. Often used in the plural: reams of work to do.
Origin: Middle English reme, from Old French reime, from Old Spanish resma, from Arabic rizma, bundle, from razama, to bundle; see rzm in Semitic roots.
transitive verb reamed, ream·ing, reams
- To form, shape, taper, or enlarge (a hole or bore, for example) with or as if with a reamer.
- To remove (material) by this process.
- To squeeze the juice out of (fruit) with a reamer.
Origin: Possibly from Middle English remen, to make room, variant of rimen, from Old English rȳman; see reuə- in Indo-European roots.