follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

reamer

[ree-mer] /ˈri mər/
noun
1.
any of various rotary tools, with helical or straight flutes, for finishing or enlarging holes drilled in metal.
2.
any bladelike pick or rod used for scraping, shaping, or enlarging a hole:
a pipe reamer.
3.
a kitchen utensil for extracting and collecting juice from fruits, having a deep saucerlike base and in the center a grooved cone on which the fruit half is pressed down by hand.
4.
Dentistry. a drill with a spiral blade, for enlarging root canals.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; ream2 + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for reamer
  • A straight reamer is used to make only a minor enlargement to a hole.
  • It also allows the reamer to start straight and reduce the risk of breakage.
  • Spiral flutes are essential on a machine reamer to clear the swarf automatically.
  • Combination reamer a combination reamer has two or more cutting surfaces.
British Dictionary definitions for reamer

reamer

/ˈriːmə/
noun
1.
a steel tool with a cylindrical or tapered shank around which longitudinal teeth are ground, used for smoothing the bores of holes accurately to size
2.
(US) a utensil with a conical projection used for extracting juice from citrus fruits; lemon squeezer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
reamer in Medicine

reamer ream·er (rē'mər)
n.
A rotating tool used to shape or enlarge holes.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for reamer

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for reamer

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends