- a pastoral or rustic musical pipe made from a reed or from the hollow stalk of some other plant.
- a small, flexible piece of cane or metal that, attached to the mouth of any of various wind instruments, is set into vibration by a stream of air and, in turn, sets into vibration the air column enclosed in the tube of the instrument.
- reed instrument.
verb (used with object)
Origin of reed
verb (used with object), reed, ree·ing. British Dialect.
Origin of ree2
Related Words for reedstick, marker, twig, trunk, nib, quill, shaft, bent, support, spire, upright, spike, helm, axis, pedicle, pedicel, chip, splinter, slat, stylograph
Examples from the Web for reed
Contemporary Examples of reed
“We quietly did,” Reed previously told The Daily Beast of removing ISIS.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
“Both wear head scarves as part of their religion,” Reed later wrote in his report.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
“There was a sense the response had been inadequate and slow,” Reed says.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath
September 15, 2014
“We help whitewash monasteries, rebuild structures, and teach English and math in classrooms,” Reed says.
Reed is originally from New Orleans and has been a long-time world traveller.
Historical Examples of reed
"I give it up, my little friend," he said, and threw away the reed.Opera Stories from Wagner
Was there not in the air the thin sound of a reed flute playing a tarantella?A Spirit in Prison
The common practice is to keep them under hand-glasses, but they will thrive better under a reed fence, placed sloping over them.
The man was staggered and the long rod in his hand shook like a reed.The Christian
By Eteonicus's orders the answer was set afloat, "because he carried a reed."Hellenica
- a thin piece of cane or metal inserted into the tubes of certain wind instruments, which sets in vibration the air column inside the tube
- a wind instrument or organ pipe that sounds by means of a reed
Word Origin for reed
"tall, broad-leafed grass growing in wet places," Old English hreod "reed, rush," from Proto-Germanic *kreut- "reed" (cf. Old Saxon hraid, Old Frisian hriad, Middle Dutch ried, Dutch riet, Old High German hriot, German Ried), with no known cognates beyond Germanic.
Meaning "musical pipe made from a reed stem" is from late 14c. (reed-pipe is from c.1300). As part of the mouthpiece of a musical instrument it is attested from 1520s. Meaning "a reed instrument" is from 1838.
see broken reed.