1. a traditional unit of quantity used for counting sheets of paper. The word is thought to be derived from the Arabic rizmah, meaning a bundle. A ream is equal to 20 quires, which would be 480 sheets with the traditional definition of a quire as 24 sheets. In recent years, however, the ream has been redefined to equal 500 sheets. (Working backwards, this changes the definition of a quire from 24 to 25 sheets.) The new definition reflects the current practice of marketing many kinds of paper in packages of 500 sheets. The older size of 480 sheets is now called a short ream.
   2. a traditional unit of area equal to 3000 square feet (about 278.709 square meters). This unit represents the total area of a ream (1) of 500 full-size sheets of paper, each sheet being 3 feet by 2 feet. The "area ream" is used commonly in the U.S. paper industry for kraft paper, paperboard, and similar products, and it is also being used for non-paper products such as window films and other plastic films.

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  • Ream — Ream, n. [OE. reme, OF. rayme, F. rame (cf. Sp. resma), fr. Ar. rizma a bundle, especially of paper.] A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets. [1913 Webster] {Printer s ream}, twenty one and a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Ream — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Tim Ream (* 1987), US amerikanischer Fußballspieler Vinnie Ream (1846–1914), US amerikanische Bildhauerin Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Ream — (r[=e]m), n. [AS. re[ a]m, akin to G. rahm.] Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ream — Ream, v. i. To cream; to mantle. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] A huge pewter measuring pot which, in the language of the hostess, reamed with excellent claret. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ream — Ream, v. t. [Cf. {Reim}.] To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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