Printer's ream
Ream Ream, n. [OE. reme, OF. rayme, F. rame (cf. Sp. resma), fr. Ar. rizma a bundle, especially of paper.] A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets. [1913 Webster]

{Printer's ream}, twenty-one and a half quires. [Eng.] A common practice is now to count five hundred sheets to the ream. --Knight. [1913 Webster]


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  • printer's ream — noun : a ream of 516 sheets * * * printer s ream 516 sheets of paper • • • Main Entry: ↑ream * * * printer s ream, = perfect ream. (Cf. ↑perfect ream) …   Useful english dictionary

  • printer's ream —    a unit of quantity for paper. An ordinary ream is 480 or 500 sheets; a printer s ream is 516 sheets. The additional amount is to allow for sheets that may be spoiled in shipment. The unit is also called the perfect ream …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • printer's ream. — See under ream1 (def. 1). * * * …   Universalium

  • printer's ream — /prɪntəz ˈrim/ (say printuhz reem) noun → ream1 (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • printer's ream. — See under ream1 (def. 1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ream — Ream, n. [OE. reme, OF. rayme, F. rame (cf. Sp. resma), fr. Ar. rizma a bundle, especially of paper.] A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets. [1913 Webster] {Printer s ream}, twenty one and a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ream — ream1 /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… …   Universalium

  • ream — I. /rim / (say reem) noun 1. Also, printer s ream. a standard quantity among paper dealers meaning 20 quires or 500 sheets (formerly 480 sheets). 2. (plural) Colloquial a large quantity: to write reams and reams of poetry. {Middle English rem,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • perfect ream — noun : printer s ream * * * perfect ream, a package or pile of 516 uniform sheets of printing paper; 21½ quires …   Useful english dictionary

  • perfect ream —    see printer s ream …   Dictionary of units of measurement

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