verb (used with object)
- to scold or reprimand severely (usually followed by out).
- to cheat; defraud.
Origin of ream2
Related Words for reamedpermeate, drill, seep, crack, pervade, puncture, enter, invade, infiltrate, scold, chide, admonish, discredit, upbraid, rebuke, reprimand, vilify, denounce, berate, criticize
Examples from the Web for reamed
Historical Examples of reamed
After the pipe is cut this burr should be reamed out thoroughly.Elements of Plumbing
The hole for the shaft has to be bored and reamed and the hub faced on both sides.
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.
Each center is then drilled and reamed to the same radius x as near as possible.
Word Origin for ream
Word Origin for ream
"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.