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ream



Pronunciation: (rēm), [key]
n.
1. a standard quantity of paper, consisting of 20 quires or 500 sheets (formerly 480 sheets), or 516 sheets (printer's ream or perfect ream).
2. Usually, reams. a large quantity: He has written reams of poetry.

ream



Pronunciation: (rēm), [key]
v.t.
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.
a. to scold or reprimand severely (usually fol. by out).
b. to cheat; defraud.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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