AskDefine | Define ream

Dictionary Definition



1 a large quantity of written matter; "he wrote reams and reams"
2 a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires


1 squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer; "ream oranges"
2 remove by making a hole with a reamer; "ream paper"
3 enlarge with a reamer; "ream a hole"

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Etymology 1


Etymology 2

From raime (French rame), from (rizma) ‘bundle’.


  1. A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually containing 500 sheets.
  2. An abstract large amount of something.
    I can't go - I still have reams of work left.
bundle of paper

Etymology 3

Unknown origin.


  1. To enlarge a hole, especially using a reamer; to bore a hole wider.
  2. To shape or form, especially using a reamer.
  3. To remove (material) by reaming.
  4. To remove burrs and debris from a freshly bored hole.
  5. To yell at or berate.
  6. To perform anilingus.





Old English


From *rauwma-. Cognate with Middle Low German rōm (Dutch room), Old High German roum (German Rahm), Old Norse rjúmi (Icelandic rjómi, Norwegian rømme).


  • /ræːɑm/



Extensive Definition

Ream may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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