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Definitions of reed

  1. a musical instrument that sounds by means of a reed
  2. United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the American Communist Labor Party in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow ( 1887- 1920)
  3. tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
  4. mechanical device consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that is fitted into the mouthpiece of woodwind instruments and that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it
  5. American physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes ( 1851- 1902)
  6. a vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it; " the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece"
  7. United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes ( 1851- 1902)
  8. United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the Communist Labor Party in America in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow ( 1887- 1920)
  9. Same as Rede.
  10. The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.
  11. A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and North America ( Phragmites communis).
  12. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
  13. An arrow, as made of a reed.
  14. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.
  15. A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double, forming a compressed tube.
  16. A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the weft; a sley. See Batten.
  17. Same as Reeding.
  18. Any of certain tall coarse grasses that grow in wet places; also, their jointed hollow stems; a mass of such grasses; a musical instrument made of a hollow stem or stalk of a plant; a thin elastic tongue at the opening of a pipe in a musical instrument.
  19. Reedy.
  20. Reediness.
  21. A kind of grass, common at the sides of rivers, lakes, etc.: a musical pipe anciently made of a reed: the mouth- tube of a musical instrument: the part of a loom by which the threads are separated.
  22. Genus of large grasses with hollow jointed stems; anything made of a reed; vibrating tongue of a wind- instrument.
  23. The stem of certain tall grasses growing in wet places, or any one of the grasses.
  24. A thin elastic tongue of reed, wood, or metal nearly closing an opening, as of an organ pipe; also, a rustic musical pipe.
  25. Reeded.
  26. An aquatic plant with hollow- jointed stalk; a musical pipe; a little tube through which a clarinet, & c., is blown; that part of a loom by which the threads of the warp are separated in weaving.
  27. A name common to many aquatic plants which have jointed hollow stems; the little mouthpiece of some musical instruments; the tongue- pieces of certain wind instruments; certain stops in an organ; that part of a loom which keeps the threads apart in the operation of weaving.
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Usage examples for reed

  1. All of them had been injured by him, he had broken into the hut of one and stripped it; he had dishonoured the daughter of another; and a fourth, trembling like a reed with passion, said, 'I will wring his neck; he thrust my sleeping child into a sack, and when it awoke and cried, he tossed it out into the snow, so that it died. – Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  2. Just as, in the passage before us, the bringing forth of right appears as a consequence of the loving providence for the bent reed, and the dimly burning wick, so in that Psalm, the great fact: " And all the kings worship Him, and all the nations serve Him," is traced back to the tender love with which He cares for and helps the poor and needy. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2 by Ernst Hengstenberg
  3. There was not a sound or a motion; but Macleod sprang forward, caught the man Fraser by the throat, and shook him thrice- as he might have shaken a reed. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  4. If a man's future, his character, his career, are dependent on a woman, then he rests upon a weak reed. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  5. Walter Reed studied medicine and, as we know, won the fight against yellow fever by his heroic experiments. – Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia by Carrie Hunter Willis Etta Belle Walker
  6. The string was of hide or cord; the arrows were of reed, winged with three feathers and pointed with bronze heads, and were from two to three feet in length. – Great Inventions and Discoveries by Willis Duff Piercy
  7. But I do know that this man, Reed, is Mrs. Salvey's second cousin. – The-Motor-Girls-on-a-Tour by Penrose, Margaret
  8. Miss Reed has accomplished her purpose successfully in both series of the letters. – Dwellers in the Hills by Melville Davisson Post
  9. One of them has a great deal to say to him; but he cannot understand it; and after vainly trying to carry on the conversation with a reed which he cuts, he takes to entertaining the bird with tunes on his horn, asking it to send him a loving mate such as all the other creatures of the forest have. – The Perfect Wagnerite A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring by George Bernard Shaw
  10. Now mind this, a teacher who cannot govern himself is a broken reed. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  11. If there was, I should admire to see how they sounded on the reed organ. – Nautilus by Laura E. Richards
  12. Mrs. Reed had not always been poor. – New National Fourth Reader by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
  13. Late in the afternoon they crossed the Reed Creek going north, partly in the direction of father's home. – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin
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