Meaning of REAM in English

ream 1

/reem/ , n.

1. a standard quantity of paper, consisting of 20 quires or 500 sheets (formerly 480 sheets), or 516 sheets (printer's ream or perfect ream) .

2. Usually, reams . a large quantity: He has written reams of poetry.

[ 1350-1400; ME rem ( e ) reime, rame rezma rizmah bale ]

ream 2

/reem/ , v.t.

1. to enlarge to desired size (a previously bored hole) by means of a reamer.

2. to clear with a reamer; remove or press out by reaming.

3. to extract the juice from: to ream an orange.

4. Slang.

a. to scold or reprimand severely (usually fol. by out ).

b. to cheat; defraud.

[ 1805-15; orig. uncert. ]

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