See also: Ream and réam

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English reme, rem, from Old English rēam (cream), from Proto-Germanic *raumaz (cream), from Proto-Indo-European *rewgʰmn̥- (to sour [milk]).

Cognate with Dutch room (cream), German Rahm (cream), Norwegian rømme (sour cream), Icelandic rjómi (cream). See also ramekin.

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ream

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Cream; also, the creamlike froth on ale or other liquor; froth or foam in general.

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ream (third-person singular simple present reams, present participle reaming, simple past and past participle reamed)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To cream; mantle; foam; froth.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English remen, rimen, rümen (to open up), from Old English rȳman (to make roomy, extend, widen, spread, enlarge, amplify, prolong, clear, open up, make clear by removing obstructions, to clear a way), from Proto-West Germanic *rūmijan, from Proto-Germanic *rūmijaną (to make roomy, give room, remove), from Proto-Indo-European *row- (free space). Cognate with Dutch ruimen (to empty, evacuate), German räumen (to make room), Icelandic rýma (to make room, clear). More at room.

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ream (third-person singular simple present reams, present participle reaming, simple past and past participle reamed)

  1. To enlarge a hole, especially using a reamer; to bore a hole wider.
  2. To shape or form, especially using a reamer.
  3. To remove (material) by reaming.
  4. To remove burrs and debris from a freshly bored hole.
  5. (slang) To yell at or berate.
  6. (slang, vulgar, by extension from sense of enlarging a hole) To sexually penetrate in a rough and painful way.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English reme, from Old French raime, rayme (ream) (French rame), from Arabic رِزْمَة(rizma, bundle).

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ream (plural reams)

  1. A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, nowadays usually containing 500 sheets.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) An abstract large amount of something.
    I can't go – I still have reams of work left.
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FriulianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably from Latin regimen, regimine. Compare French royaume (Old French reaume, reiame), Occitan reialme, Romansh reginam.

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ream

  1. kingdom

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LatinEdit

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ream f

  1. accusative singular of rea

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ream

  1. Alternative form of rem

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *raumaz. Cognate with Middle Low German rōm, Middle Dutch room, Old High German roum (German Rahm), Old Norse rjúmi (Icelandic rjómi, Norwegian rømme).

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rēam m

  1. cream

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  • English: ream

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Late Middle English, from Old English ream (cream).

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ream (uncountable)

  1. (food): cream
  2. (ointment): cream