- 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.
- 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 of reedMiddle 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
- a. Any of various tall perennial grasses, especially of the genera Phragmites and Arundo, having hollow stems and large plumelike panicles and growing in wetlands.b. Any of several similar plants, such as the papyrus.c. The stalk of any of these plants.d. 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 of reedMiddle English rede, from Old English hrēod.
(countable and uncountable, plural reeds)
- (botany, countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
- (countable, botany) The hollow stem of these plants.
- (countable, music) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
- (countable, music) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
- (countable, weaving), a comb like tool for beating the weft when weaving.
- (uncountable) reeding
(third-person singular simple present reeds, present participle reeding, simple past and past participle reeded)
- To mill or mint with reeding.
Middle English rede, Old English hrēod. Akin to German Ried. No cognates in North Germanic languages, but a Gothic [script?] (hriud) was derived . It is theorised that the word may have a relation to ritae in Noctes Atticae (Aulus Gellius).
- Simple past tense and past participle of ree.
- (UK, Scotland, dialect) The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.