Definitions of reed

  1. Same as Rede.
  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. American physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes ( 1851- 1902)
  5. 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"
  6. The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.
  7. 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).
  8. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
  9. An arrow, as made of a reed.
  10. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Same as Reeding.
  14. 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.
  15. Reediness.
  16. 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.
  17. Genus of large grasses with hollow jointed stems; anything made of a reed; vibrating tongue of a wind- instrument.
  18. The stem of certain tall grasses growing in wet places, or any one of the grasses.
  19. A thin elastic tongue of reed, wood, or metal nearly closing an opening, as of an organ pipe; also, a rustic musical pipe.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Reedy.
  23. Reeded.
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