A ream is a quantity of paper sold in a bundle, once comprised of 480 sheets but now rounded up to 500. If you write reams of love letters to your beloved, I hope she appreciates them. Or at least recycles.

The word ream has two distinct meanings, depending on whether you use it as a noun or a verb. As a noun, it refers to an amount of paper, its origin from the Arabic rizmah, or "bundle." As a verb, ream is a rough word that can mean "to make a hole in" or "to squeeze." When you "ream someone out" you give them a scolding.

Definitions of ream
  1. noun
    a quantity of paper; 480 or 500 sheets; one ream equals 20 quires
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    type of:
    definite quantity
    a specific measure of amount
  2. noun
    a large quantity of written matter
    “he wrote reams and reams”
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    type of:
    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  3. verb
    enlarge with a reamer
    ream a hole”
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    type of:
    make larger
  4. verb
    remove by making a hole or by boring
    “the dentist reamed out the debris in the course of the root canal treatment”
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  5. verb
    squeeze the juice out (of a fruit) with a reamer
    ream oranges”
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    type of:
    express, extract, press out
    obtain from a substance, as by mechanical action
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