Definitions for Reedrid

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the straight stalk of any of various tall grasses, esp. of the genus Phragmites, growing in marshy places.

    Category: Plants

  2. any of the plants themselves.

    Category: Plants

  3. such stalks or plants collectively, esp. as material for thatching.

    Category: Plants

  4. anything made from such a stalk, as an arrow.

  5. a small, flexible piece of cane or metal that, attached to the mouth of any of various wind instruments, is set into vibration by a stream of air and, in turn, sets into vibration the air column enclosed in the tube of the instrument.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: reed instrument.

  6. the comblike device in a loom that separates the warp threads during weaving and is used to beat the filling yarns.

    Category: Textiles

  7. a small convex molding, usu. one of a series set in parallel rows as decoration.

    Category: Architecture

  8. an ancient unit of length, equal to 6 cubits. Ezek. 40:5.

    Category: Weights and Measures, Architecture, Bible

  9. (v.t.)to decorate with reed.

  10. to thatch with or as if with reed.

  11. to make vertical grooves on (the edge of a coin, medal, etc.).

Origin of reed:

bef. 900; ME; OE hrēod; c. OFris hriad, OS hriod, OHG (h)riot



  1. John, 1887–1920, U.S. journalist and poet.

    Category: Biography

  2. Walter C., 1851–1902, U.S. army surgeon.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reed(noun)

    tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites

  2. Reed, John Reed(noun)

    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)

  3. Reed, Walter Reed(noun)

    United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)

  4. reed, vibrating reed(noun)

    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"

  5. beating-reed instrument, reed instrument, reed(noun)

    a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. reed(noun)rid

    a tall thin plant that grows in or near shallow water

    birds hunting in the reeds


  1. reed(Noun)

    Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.

  2. reed(Noun)

    The hollow stem of these plants.

  3. reed(Noun)

    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.

  4. reed(Noun)

    A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.

  5. reed(Noun)


  6. Reed(ProperNoun)

    , a spelling variant of Reid.

  7. Reed(ProperNoun)

    transferred from the surname.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reed(adj)


  2. Reed

    same as Rede

  3. Reed(noun)

    the fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet

  4. Reed(noun)

    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)

  5. Reed(noun)

    a musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe

  6. Reed(noun)

    an arrow, as made of a reed

  7. Reed(noun)

    straw prepared for thatching a roof

  8. Reed(noun)

    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

  9. Reed(noun)

    one of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon, harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets or registers of pipes in an organ

  10. Reed(noun)

    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

  11. Reed(noun)

    a tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting

  12. Reed(noun)

    same as Reeding


  1. Reed

    A reed is a thin strip of material which vibrates to produce a sound on a musical instrument. The reeds of most woodwind instruments are made from Arundo donax or synthetic material; tuned reeds are made of metal or synthetics.

Translations for Reed

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a kind of tall, stiff grass growing on wet or marshy ground

reeds along a river-bank.

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