- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM reedreed·like, adjective
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Definition for reed (2 of 2)
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Prosecutors said that Reed was arrested in Massachusetts on Thursday, while Hayes, Dwyer, and Delo remain at large.Giant cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX hit with criminal and civil money laundering charges|dzanemorris|October 1, 2020|Fortune
In an email, Reed said he was planning to leave the organization at the end of the year anyway.U.S. Chamber of Commerce abruptly ousts top political consultant Scott Reed, alleging leaks|Tom Hamburger|September 29, 2020|Washington Post
Reed said it doesn’t make sense that Elmcroft of La Mesa – which markets “exceptional memory care” on its website – qualifies as non-medical.COVID-19 Exposes Lack of Medical Staff in Assisted Living Facilities|Jared Whitlock|September 28, 2020|Voice of San Diego
In the century before Ginsburg won the Reed case, the Supreme Court never met a gender classification that it didn’t like.Ruth Bader Ginsburg Helped Shape The Modern Era Of Women’s Rights – Even Before She Went On The Supreme Court|LGBTQ-Editor|September 21, 2020|No Straight News
Give us a little bit of the Reed story before you became Reed Hastings, Netflix.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode)|Maria Konnikova|September 12, 2020|Freakonomics
“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
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British Dictionary definitions for reed (2 of 2)
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Cultural 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.