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[ree-mer] /ˈri mər/
any of various rotary tools, with helical or straight flutes, for finishing or enlarging holes drilled in metal.
any bladelike pick or rod used for scraping, shaping, or enlarging a hole:
a pipe reamer.
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.
Dentistry. a drill with a spiral blade, for enlarging root canals.
Origin of reamer
1815-25; ream2 + -er1 Unabridged
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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


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
(US) a utensil with a conical projection used for extracting juice from citrus fruits; lemon squeezer
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reamer in Medicine

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

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