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ream2

[reem]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to enlarge to desired size (a previously bored hole) by means of a reamer.
  2. to clear with a reamer; remove or press out by reaming.
  3. to extract the juice from: to ream an orange.
  4. Slang.
    1. to scold or reprimand severely (usually followed by out).
    2. to cheat; defraud.
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Origin of ream2

First recorded in 1805–15; origin uncertain
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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


British Dictionary definitions for reamed

ream1

noun
  1. 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
  2. (often plural) informal a large quantity, esp of written matterhe wrote reams
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French raime, from Spanish rezma, from Arabic rizmah bale

ream2

verb (tr)
  1. to enlarge (a hole) by use of a reamer
  2. US to extract (juice) from (a citrus fruit) using a reamer
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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

ream

n.2

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

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ream

n.1

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.

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ream

v.

"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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