from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tools used to shape or enlarge holes or bores.
  • n. A utensil with a conical, ridged projection, used for extracting citrus-fruit juice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool for boring a hole wider.
  • n. A device for rendering citrus juice.
  • n. A tool used to scrape carbon deposit from the bowl of a pipe.
  • n. A Stone Age prehistoric lithic Stone tool, used in archeology nomenclature.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, reams; specifically, an instrument with cutting or scraping edges, used, with a twisting motion, for enlarging a round hole, as the bore of a cannon, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which reams; specifically, a tool used for reaming out holes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a squeezer with a conical ridged center that is used for squeezing juice from citrus fruit
  • n. a drill that is used to shape or enlarge holes


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From ream +‎ -er.



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  • Youch!

    June 24, 2011

  • Loveliest of instruments, the reamer now

    Scrapes the bad tooth like a plow;

    And all along the lingual side

    Pain explodes until the nerve is fried.

    My apologies to A.E. Housman for conflating his poem with a dentists' tool used to perform a root canal.

    June 23, 2011