ream

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ream enlarge with a reamer "ream a hole"
    • v ream remove by making a hole or by boring "the dentist reamed out the debris in the course of the root canal treatment"
    • v ream squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer "ream oranges"
    • n ream a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
    • n ream a large quantity of written matter "he wrote reams and reams"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ream A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets.
    • n Ream rēm Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale.
    • v. t Ream To bevel out, as the mouth of a hole in wood or metal; in modern usage, to enlarge or dress out, as a hole, with a reamer.
    • v. i Ream To cream; to mantle. "A huge pewter measuring pot which, in the language of the hostess, reamed with excellent claret."
    • v. t Ream To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ream Cream; also, the cream-like froth on ale or other liquor; froth or foam in general.
    • ream To cream; mantle; foam; froth.
    • ream To appear like foam; be fleecy.
    • ream To make wide; widen; extend; extend by stretching; streteh or draw out.
    • ream Specifically To widen or enlarge by the use of a rotatory cutter: often with out: used especially of a hole or an opening in metal, and most commonly in connection with splayed or funnel-shaped holes.
    • ream Nautical, toopen (seams) for calking.
    • ream To leave; quit.
    • n ream A quantity of paper, consisting, for ordinary writing-paper, of 20 quires of 24 sheets each, or 480 sheets; for some kinds of drawing-paper, of 472 or 500 sheets; for printing-paper, of 21½ quires, or 516 sheets. Writing-paper is usually put np in half- or quarter-ream packages, printing-paper in bundles of two reams.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ream rēm a quantity of paper consisting of 20 quires of 24 sheets.
    • v.i Ream rēm (prov.) to cream: to froth
    • v.t Ream rēm to stretch: to enlarge by a rotatory cutter
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. reme, OF. rayme, F. rame,cf. Sp. resma,), fr. Ar. rizma, a bundle, especially of paper

Usage

In literature:

Thus he encounters Colonel Reames, "a man," says he, "who understands and loves a play as well as I, and I love him for it.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
We found ourselves in the morning at Reams' Station, on the Weldon Railroad.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
I wrote to her often; I wrote reams of boyish nonsense, which was all meant in fiery earnest then.
"In Direst Peril" by David Christie Murray
What a ream your Uncle Frederick has written.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
Charlotte is preparing her writing-table, arranging her pens, and straightening the ream of thick paper.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
REAM OR REEM OUT, TO.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
They laid siege to little Vinnie Ream, the sculptress, to whom Congress had awarded a contract for the statue of Lincoln.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
It goes on into reams of letters and years of time.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
Just reams of textbooks.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Toast, The Press and Progress, Laura Ream.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Set of reamers to ream holes in terminals and connectors.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
There were reams of well-meant advice and quires of threats of violence.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
But that leaves out Smithers, and especially it leaves out Tommy Reames.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
Reams of letters the man writes her.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
And Tommy Reames was struck with the utterly impossible conviction that he had heard just that sound before.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Of late years the printers have given us reams and reams of first impressions of such world centres as London and New York.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
The triolet seems simple enough, and, for that matter, a certain kind of triolet can be written by the ream.
"Rhymes and Meters" by Horatio Winslow
The paper costs nearly one dollar per pound, over $40 per ream.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The cost per ream is from 10s.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
A great number of "modern dramas" included a ream of colloquialisms and anachronisms intermixed with Louis XV situations.
"Dramatic Technique" by George Pierce Baker
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In poetry:

The unseen dark plays on his flute
and the rhythm of light
eddies into stars and suns,
into thoughts and reams.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
(For, in those distant days, it seems,
We cherished sundry idle dreams,
And with our flowing foolscap reams
The Fates defied.)
"To E." by Amy Levy
Ardi, veggo la cera! E' l'ala icaria,
quella che il fabro della vacca infame
foggiò quando fu servo nel reame
del re gnòssio per l'opera nefaria.
"L’Ala Sul Mare" by Gabriele D Annunzio
She brought the best things fraw her hoard,
The bicker ream'd wi' nappy brown,
And smiles o' kindness round the board
Made welcome's feast gang sweeter down.
"The Pastoral, Or Lyric Muse Of Scotland. Canto Third. Dornock Ha'. A Ballad" by Hector MacNeill
My brothers all are proud of purse,
But though my poverty I curse,
I would not for a diadem
Exchange my lowly lot with them:
A garret and a crust for me,
And reams and dreams of Poetry.
"My Brothers" by Robert W Service
Yet store of gold, great store had he,—
Of the gold that is known as 'faery.'
He had the gold of his burning dreams,
He had his golden rhymes—in reams,
He had the strings of his golden lyre,
And his own was that golden west on fire.
"Faery Gold" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Bolton's Coyle might pursue Ream move.
Henry, Marquez and Ream set to stay with Red Bulls.
English Premier League clubs eyeing Ream .
Red Bull defender Tim Ream admittedly struggled in his sophomore season, both for club and for country.
Dave Ream , the city manager since 1986 and before that, redevelopment director, is retiring next week.
Santa Ana City Manager Dave Ream was praised by members of the City Council for his dedication and for his years of service to the city.
Staples is currently offering 500 sheet reams of multipurpose paper for FREE with their printable coupon and mail-in rebate.
Reported Armed Robbery AT Ream 's Drug Store.
At Skull and Bones, Bush's Secret Club Initiates Ream Gore.
After playing like a high school team in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Colorado, the Mets gathered in the locker room, anticipating an old-school skipper reaming, Bull Durham-style.
It sounds like Tim Ream is likely leaving with a replacement lined up for now and an attack-minded Designated Player for the summer.
Mount Dora police arrested Michael Allen Reams in connection with the crash.
Manning, the US Army private charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks, is expected to testify during a pretrial hearing starting Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012, at Fort Meade.
The US Army private charged with sending reams of government secrets to WikiLeaks is offering to plead guilty to some offenses.
(AP) — A retired Marine Corps colonel denied Tuesday that a three-star general directed the harsh pretrial confinement of an Army private charged with passing reams of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.
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In science:

Such turbulence could be treated as the main mechanism that makes particles back to shock acceleration process to produce SEP events(Reames, 1999).
Influence of Coronal Holes on CMEs in Causing SEP Events
For me, it was my first research pro ject. I had to read reams of charts to mark off phase zero measurements of fringes from the just completed Westerbork telescope.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Observational overview
Reams, An inequality for nonnegative matrices and the eigenvalue problem, Linear and Multilin.
An algorithm for constructing doubly stochastic matrices for the inverse eigenvalue problem
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