free reed


: a reed in a musical instrument (such as a harmonica) that vibrates in an air opening just large enough to allow the reed to move freely compare beating reed

Examples of free reed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The instrument contains a free reed, a strip of flexible metal that flaps up and down when a player blows through the sheng’s holes, thus creating musical tones. Steve Knopper, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Mar. 2021 The Chinese invented a free reed instrument, called the Sheng, several thousand years ago, but the model that arrived in America originated in Europe. Joan Hunt,, 21 Nov. 2019 Last week, the members of the Mutant Underground were able to free Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Lorna/Polaris (Emma Dumont) from Sentinel Services. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of free reed was in 1833

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“Free reed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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