reed meaning

[ ri:d ] Pronunciation:   "reed" in a sentence
Noun: reed  reed
  1. Tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites 
  2. A vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it
    "the clarinettist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece"
    - vibrating reed 
  3. A musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
    - beating-reed instrument, reed instrument
Noun: Reed
  1. 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)
    - John Reed 
  2. United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
    - Walter Reed

Sounds like: read, rede, Reid, Reed

Derived forms: Reeds, reeds

See also: reedy

Type of: commie, communist, graminaceous plant, gramineous plant, journalist, journo [Brit], operating surgeon, red, sawbones, surgeon, vibrator, wood, woodwind, woodwind instrument

Encyclopedia: Reed, Arkansas Reed, Hertfordshire Reed Reed, AR Reed, John Reed, Oklahoma Reed, Portland, Oregon Reed, ME Reed, Maine


[Architecture]
1.

A small convex molding, usually one of several set close together to decorate a surface.

2. (pl.)

Same as reeding.

3.

A straw-like material prepared for thatching a roof.


[Electronics]
A usually thin metal blade, leaf, or strip used in vibrators, reed-type relays, reed-type oscillators, and similar devices.

Examples

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  1. the river is gently flowing among the whispering reeds.
  2. the pool rippling was caused by the waving of the reeds.
  3. the photo of the woman lay like a crushed reed on the boxes.
  4. reed saw a future vista of wyman's life, and rebelled.
  5. this class of subgraphs, known as segs, was introduced by reed in 1961.

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