- 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
Definition for reed (2 of 3)
Definition for reed (3 of 3)
verb (used with object), reed, ree·ing. British Dialect.
Origin of ree2
Examples from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Both wear head scarves as part of their religion,” Reed later wrote in his report.
“There was a sense the response had been inadequate and slow,” Reed says.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath|Nina Strochlic|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We help whitewash monasteries, rebuild structures, and teach English and math in classrooms,” Reed says.
Reed moved to Bhutan when Thimphu was a quaint town of 30,000.
"Hang it all, there's a blowout," growled Reed, bringing the car to a stop.The Golden Boys and Their New Electric Cell|L. P. Wyman
But before she could gather way she was thrown down by the wind like a reed.
If Reed could have come up now and seen what it is I want done, he might have begun upon it to-morrow evening.Johnny Ludlow, Third Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
She was in pearl gray, no powder, no mustache, slim as a reed.Jane Journeys On|Ruth Comfort Mitchell
The anxiety of Washington in this critical state of the army, may be judged from his correspondence with Reed.
British Dictionary definitions for reed (1 of 2)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for reed (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History 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.
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Culture definitions for reed
A thin piece of wood or plastic used in many woodwind instruments. It vibrates when the player holds it in the mouth and blows over it (as with a single reed) or through it (as with a double reed). Clarinets and saxophones use a single reed; bassoons and oboes use a double reed.
Idioms and Phrases with reed
see broken reed.