I. noun Etymology: Middle English reme, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Arabic rizma, literally, bundle Date: 14th century 1. a quantity of paper being 20 quires or variously 480, 500, or 516 sheets 2. a great amount — usually used in plural <
reams of information
II. transitive verb Etymology: perhaps from Middle English *remen to open up, from Old English rēman; akin to Old English rȳman to open up, rūm space — more at room Date: 1815 1. a. to widen the opening of (a hole) ; countersink b. (1) to enlarge, shape, or smooth out (a hole) with a reamer (2) to enlarge the bore of (as a gun) in this way c. to remove by reaming 2. a. to press out with a reamer b. to press out the juice of (as an orange) with a reamer 3. cheat, victimize 4. reprimand — often used with out <
reams out his players so severely — Alexander Wolff

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  • Ream — Ream, v. i. To cream; to mantle. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] A huge pewter measuring pot which, in the language of the hostess, reamed with excellent claret. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ream — Ream, v. t. [Cf. {Reim}.] To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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