Definition of ream:
- A bundle, package, or quantity of paper, usually consisting of twenty quires or 480 sheets.
- Cream; also, the cream or froth on ale.
- To bevel out, as the mouth of a hole in wood or metal; in modern usage, to enlarge or dress out, as a hole, with a reamer.
- To cream; to mantle.
- To stretch out; to draw out into thongs, threads, or filaments.
- "Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II", Joshua Rose.
A pound of pulp costs five sous, even supposing that the raw material is grown on good soil with special culture; three francs' worth of sized pulp will make a ream of paper, at twelve pounds to the ream.- "Eve and David", Honore de Balzac.
This, say Crowe and Cavalcaselle, " was made up of one ream and twenty- nine quires, or about 288 square feet of royal folio paper, the mere pasting of which necessitated a consumption of eighty- eight pounds of flour, the mere lining of which required three pieces of Florentine linen."- "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", John Addington Symonds.