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[n] a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
[n] a large quantity of written matter; "he wrote reams and reams"
[v] enlarge with a reamer; "ream a hole"
[v] remove by making a hole with a reamer; "ream paper"
[v] squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer; "ream oranges"

Misc. Definitions

\Ream\, n. [AS. re['a]m, akin to G. rahm.] Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale. [Scot.]
\Ream\, v. i. To cream; to mantle. [Scot.] A huge pewter measuring pot which, in the language of the hostess, reamed with excellent claret. --Sir W. Scott.
\Ream\, v. t. [Cf. {Reim}.] To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments.
\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. {Printer's ream}, twenty-one and a half quires. [Eng.] A common practice is now to count five hundred sheets to the ream. --Knight.
\Ream\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reaming}.] [Cf. G. r["a]umen to remove, to clear away, fr. raum room. See {Room}.] 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.

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