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[reem] /rim/
verb (used with object)
to enlarge to desired size (a previously bored hole) by means of a reamer.
to clear with a reamer; remove or press out by reaming.
to extract the juice from:
to ream an orange.
  1. to scold or reprimand severely (usually followed by out).
  2. to cheat; defraud.
Origin of ream2
First recorded in 1805-15; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reamed
Historical Examples
  • After the pipe is cut this burr should be reamed out thoroughly.

    Elements of Plumbing Samuel Dibble
  • The hole for the shaft has to be bored and reamed and the hub faced on both sides.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • Where accuracy is necessary, holes must be reamed out to the required size.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Stock that is bent should always be straightened before the centers are drilled and reamed.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • Each center is then drilled and reamed to the same radius x as near as possible.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • Next, the hole is reamed with taper reamer q, the pilot of which is supported by bushing r.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • When making these mills, they should be reamed out tapering from the rear to give clearance to the cutting edges.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • The rim is turned and faced on both sides and the hub is bored, reamed and faced on both sides.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • In this way the hole is reamed straight and to practically the same size as the reamer.

    Turning and Boring Franklin D. Jones
  • It is then reamed out to fit the work and used with emery and oil, the lathe running at about 300 feet per minute.

British Dictionary definitions for reamed


a number of sheets of paper, formerly 480 sheets (short ream), now 500 sheets (long ream) or 516 sheets (printer's ream or perfect ream). One ream is equal to 20 quires
(often pl) (informal) a large quantity, esp of written matter: he wrote reams
Word Origin
C14: from Old French raime, from Spanish rezma, from Arabic rizmah bale


verb (transitive)
to enlarge (a hole) by use of a reamer
(US) to extract (juice) from (a citrus fruit) using a reamer
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from C14 remen to open up, from Old English rӯman to widen
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Word Origin and History for reamed



"cream" (obsolete), Old English ream, from Proto-Germanic *raumoz (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch room, German Rahm), of uncertain origin.



measure of paper, mid-14c., from Old French reyme, from Spanish resma, from Arabic rizmah "bundle" (of paper), from rasama "collect into a bundle." The Moors brought manufacture of cotton paper to Spain.

Early variant rym (late 15c.) suggests a Dutch influence (cf. Dutch riem), probably borrowed from Spanish during the time of Hapsburg control of Holland. For ordinary writing paper, 20 quires of 24 sheets each, or 480 sheets; often 500 or more to allow for waste; slightly different numbers for drawing or printing paper.



"to enlarge a hole," 1815, probably a southwest England dialectal survival from Middle English reme "to make room, open up," from Old English ryman "widen, extend, enlarge," from Proto-Germanic *rumijanan (cf. Old Saxon rumian, Old Norse ryma, Old Frisian rema, Old High German rumen "to make room, widen"), from *rumaz "spacious" (see room (n.)). Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" first recorded 1914; anal sex sense is from 1942. To ream (someone) out "scold, reprimand" is recorded from 1950.

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Slang definitions & phrases for reamed



  1. (also rim) To cheat; swindle, esp by unfair business practice; screw: A new technique for reaming the customers (1914+)
  2. (also ream out) To rebuke harshly; bawl someone out, chew someone out: I've seen him just ream guys out for not getting the job done (WWII armed forces)
  3. (also rim) To stimulate the anus, either orally or with the penis (1942+ Homosexuals)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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