from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A quantity of paper, formerly 480 sheets, now 500 sheets or, in a printer's ream, 516 sheets.
- n. A very large amount. Often used in the plural: reams of work to do.
- transitive v. To form, shape, taper, or enlarge (a hole or bore, for example) with or as if with a reamer.
- transitive v. To remove (material) by this process.
- transitive v. To squeeze the juice out of (fruit) with a reamer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually containing 500 sheets.
- n. An abstract large amount of something.
- v. To cream; mantle; foam; froth.
- v. To enlarge a hole, especially using a reamer; to bore a hole wider.
- v. To shape or form, especially using a reamer.
- v. To remove (material) by reaming.
- v. To remove burrs and debris from a freshly bored hole.
- v. To yell at or berate.
- v. To sexually penetrate in a rough and painful way, by analogy with definition 1.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale.
- n. A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets.
- intransitive v. To cream; to mantle.
- transitive v. To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cream; mantle; foam; froth.
- To appear like foam; be fleecy.
- To make wide; widen; extend; extend by stretching; streteh or draw out.
- 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.
- Nautical, toopen (seams) for calking.
- To leave; quit.
- n. Cream; also, the cream-like froth on ale or other liquor; froth or foam in general.
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. enlarge with a reamer
- n. a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
- v. squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
- n. a large quantity of written matter
- v. remove by making a hole or by boring
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One ream equals 500 sheets of paper; a pack of paper.
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