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reed

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noun \ˈrēd\

Simple Definition of reed

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reed

  1. 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. 2 :  a growth or mass of reeds; specifically :  reeds for thatching

  3. 3 :  arrow

  4. 4 :  a wind instrument made from the hollow joint of a plant

  5. 5 :  an ancient Hebrew unit of length equal to six cubits

  6. 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. 7 :  a device on a loom resembling a comb and used to space warp yarns evenly

  8. 8 :  reeding 1a

reedlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of reed in a sentence

  1. the reeds along the edge of a pond

  2. the reed section of the orchestra



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Origin and Etymology of reed

Middle English rede, from Old English hrēod; akin to Old High German hriot reed


First Known Use: before 12th century


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reed

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Definition of reed

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  mill 2



1951

First Known Use of reed

1951


Reed

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biographical name \ˈrēd\

Definition of Reed

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




Reed

biographical name

Definition of Reed

  1. Stanley Forman 1884–1980 Am. jurist




Reed

biographical name

Definition of Reed

  1. Thomas Brackett 1839–1902 Am. polit.




Reed

biographical name

Definition of Reed

  1. Walter 1851–1902 Am. army surgeon





REED Defined for Kids

reed

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noun \ˈrēd\

Definition of reed for Students

  1. 1 :  a tall slender grass that grows in wet areas

  2. 2 :  a stem or a growth or mass of reeds

  3. 3 :  a thin flexible piece of cane, plastic, or metal fastened to the mouthpiece of an instrument (as a clarinet) or over an air opening in an instrument (as an accordion) and made to vibrate by an air current





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