reed


1reed

noun \ˈrēd\

: a tall, thin grass that grows in wet areas

: a thin strip of wood, metal, or plastic inside some musical instruments (such as clarinets and oboes) that makes a sound when you blow over it

: a musical instrument that has a reed

Full Definition of REED

1
a :  any of various tall grasses with slender often prominently jointed stems that grow especially in wet areas
b :  a stem of a reed
c :  a person or thing too weak to rely on :  one easily swayed or overcome
2
:  a growth or mass of reeds; specifically :  reeds for thatching
3
:  arrow
4
:  a wind instrument made from the hollow joint of a plant
5
:  an ancient Hebrew unit of length equal to six cubits
6
a :  a thin elastic tongue (as of cane, wood, metal, or plastic) fastened at one end over an air opening in a wind instrument (as a clarinet, organ pipe, or accordion) and set in vibration by an air current
b :  a woodwind instrument that produces sound by the vibrating of a reed against the mouthpiece <the reeds of an orchestra>
7
:  a device on a loom resembling a comb and used to space warp yarns evenly
8
:  reeding 1a
reed·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of REED

  1. the reeds along the edge of a pond
  2. the reed section of the orchestra

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Origin of REED

Middle English rede, from Old English hrēod; akin to Old High German hriot reed
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to REED

2reed

transitive verb

Definition of REED

:  mill 2

First Known Use of REED

1951

Reed

biographical name \ˈrēd\

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John 1887–1920 Am. journalist, poet, & Communist

Reed

biographical name

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Stanley Forman 1884–1980 Am. jurist

Reed

biographical name

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Thomas Brackett 1839–1902 Am. polit.

Reed

biographical name

Definition of REED

Walter 1851–1902 Am. army surgeon

reed

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In botany, any of several species of large aquatic grasses, especially the four species in the genus Phragmites (family Poaceae). The common, or water, reed (P. australis) occurs along the margins of lakes, fens, marshes, and streams from the Arctic to the tropics. It is a broad-leaved grass, about 5–15 ft (1.5–5 m) tall, with feathery flower clusters and stiff, smooth stems. Bur reed (genus Sparganium) and reed mace (genus Typha) are plants of other families. Dried reed stems have been used for millennia as thatching and construction material, in basketry, for arrows and pens, and in musical instruments (see reed instruments).

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