- the straight stalk of any of various tall grasses, especially of the genera Phragmites and Arundo, growing in marshy places.
- any of the plants themselves.
- such stalks or plants collectively.
- anything made from such a stalk or from something similar, as an arrow.
- 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.
- Textiles. the series of parallel strips of wires in a loom that force the weft up to the web and separate the threads of the warp.
- an ancient unit of length, equal to 6 cubits. Ezek. 40:5.
- to decorate with reed.
- to thatch with or as if with reed.
- to make vertical grooves on (the edge of a coin, medal, etc.).
- a broken reed, a person or thing too frail or weak to be relied on for support: Under stress he showed himself to be a broken reed.
Origin of reed
- Sir Carol,1906–76, British film director.
- Ishmael (Scott),born 1938, U.S. novelist and poet.
- John,1887–1920, U.S. journalist and poet.
- Stanley For·man [fawr-muh n] /ˈfɔr mən/, 1884–1980, U.S. jurist: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1938–57.
- Thomas Brackett,1839–1902, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1889–91, 1895–99.
- Walter C.,1851–1902, U.S. army surgeon who proved that a type of mosquito transmits the yellow fever virus.
- a male given name, form of Read.
- to sift (grain, peas, beans, etc.).
Origin of ree2
Related Words for reedstick, marker, twig, trunk, nib, reed, quill, shaft, bent, support, spire, upright, spike, helm, axis, pedicle, pedicel, chip, splinter, slat
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
- any of various widely distributed tall grasses of the genus Phragmites, esp P. communis, that grow in swamps and shallow water and have jointed hollow stalks
- the stalk, or stalks collectively, of any of these plants, esp as used for thatching
- 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
- one of the several vertical parallel wires on a loom that may be moved upwards to separate the warp threads
- a small semicircular architectural mouldingSee also reeding
- an ancient Hebrew unit of length equal to six cubits
- an archaic word for arrow
- broken reed a weak, unreliable, or ineffectual person
- to fashion into or supply with reeds or reeding
- to thatch using reeds
Word Origin for reed
- Sir Carol . 1906–76, English film director. His films include The Third Man (1949), An Outcast of the Islands (1951), and Oliver! (1968), for which he won an Oscar
- Lou . born 1942, US rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist: member of the Velvet Underground (1965–70). His albums include Transformer (1972), Berlin (1973), Street Hassle (1978), New York (1989), Set the Twilight Reeling (1996), and The Raven (2003)
- Walter . 1851–1902, US physician, who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1900)
"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.
- American surgeon who led the commission that proved experimentally that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes.
- American physician and army surgeon who proved in 1900 that yellow fever was transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. His research led to the mosquito eradication programs carried out by William Gorgas that virtually eradicated yellow fever from Havana, Cuba, and from the Panama Canal Zone.
see broken reed.