from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various tools used to shape or enlarge holes or bores.
  • noun A utensil with a conical, ridged projection, used for extracting juice from citrus fruits.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which reams; specifically, a tool used for reaming out holes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, reams; specifically, an instrument with cutting or scraping edges, used, with a twisting motion, for enlarging a round hole, as the bore of a cannon, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tool for boring a hole wider.
  • noun A device for rendering citrus juice.
  • noun A tool used to scrape carbon deposit from the bowl of a pipe.
  • noun A Stone Age prehistoric lithic Stone tool, used in archeology nomenclature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a squeezer with a conical ridged center that is used for squeezing juice from citrus fruit
  • noun a drill that is used to shape or enlarge holes


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From ream +‎ -er.


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  • Loveliest of instruments, the reamer now

    Scrapes the bad tooth like a plow;

    And all along the lingual side

    Pain explodes until the nerve is fried.

    My apologies to A.E. Housman for conflating his poem with a dentists' tool used to perform a root canal.

    June 23, 2011

  • Youch!

    June 24, 2011