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Definition of "ream" [ream]

  • A quantity of paper, formerly 480 sheets, now 500 sheets or, in a printer's ream, 516 sheets. (noun)
  • A very large amount. Often used in the plural: reams of work to do. (noun)
  • To form, shape, taper, or enlarge (a hole or bore, for example) with or as if with a reamer. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove (material) by this process. (verb-transitive)
  • To squeeze the juice out of (fruit) with a reamer. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ream" in a sentence
  • "My biggest ream is to become a writer or journalist."
  • "You can purchase paper by the sheet or by the ream, which is super handy if you need a ton of paper for a large wedding, or if you just need to see (and smell) the paper in person before purchasing."
  • "Detective Thomas Clark said that much paper consumed more than a ream, which is 500 sheets, and doing that paper work took two weeks by itself."