free reed


Definition of 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 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,, "Bob Hennessy Shares His “World Of Harmonica”," 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, "TV tonight: 'Superior Donuts' premiere, 'The Gifted'," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of free reed

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Free reed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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