- The definition of a reed is a tall, slender plant, a person who is tall and slender, or is a musical instrument made from such a plant.
- A tall, thin plant like a blade of grass is an example of a reed.
- A tall, thin person is an example of a reed.
reed definition by Webster's New World
- any of various tall, slender grasses (esp. genus Phragmites), with plumelike inflorescences, growing in wet or marshy land
- the stem of any of these grasses
- such plants or stems collectively, specif. as material for thatching, basketwork, etc.
- a rustic musical instrument made from a hollow stem or stalk and played by blowing through it
- an ancient Hebrew unit of linear measure equal to 6 cubits: Ezek. 40:3
- a device on a loom, by means of which threads are drawn between the separated threads of the warp
- Old Poet. an arrow
- Archit. a small, rounded molding; reeding
- a thin strip of some flexible substance, as cane, placed against the opening of the mouthpiece of certain wind instruments, as the clarinet, so as to leave a narrow opening: when vibrated by the breath, it produces a musical tone
- an instrument with a reed or reeds
- in some organs, a similar device that vibrates in a current of air
- the reed instruments of an orchestra, band, etc. or the players of these instruments
Origin: Middle English rede ; from Old English hreod, akin to Old High German hriot ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kreut-, to shake, tremble
- designating an instrument whose sound is produced by a vibrating reed or reeds, specif., the oboe, clarinet, saxophone, English horn, or bassoon
- composed of or for such an instrument or instruments: a reed section
- Reed, John 1887-1920; U.S. journalist & radical
- Reed, Walter 1851-1902; U.S. army surgeon & bacteriologist
reed definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Any of various tall perennial grasses, especially of the genera Phragmites or Arundo, having hollow stems, broad leaves, and large plumelike terminal panicles.b. The stalk of any of these plants.c. A collection of these stalks: reed for making baskets.
- Music A primitive wind instrument made of a hollow reed stalk.
- Music a. A flexible strip of cane or metal set into the mouthpiece or air opening of certain instruments to produce tone by vibrating in response to a stream of air.b. An instrument, such as an oboe or clarinet, that is fitted with a reed.
- A narrow movable frame fitted with reed or metal strips that separate the warp threads in weaving.
- Architecture A reeding.
Origin: Middle English rede, from Old English hrēod.
, John 1887-1920.
, Thomas Brackett 1839-1902.
, Walter 1851-1902.
reed - Cultural Definition
reed - Medical Definition
, Walter 1851-1902.