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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


  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

  13. Origin: [AS. hred; akin to D. riet, G. riet, ried, OHG. kriot, riot.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reed

    rēd, v.t. and v.i. (Spens.) to deem.

Editors Contribution

  1. reed

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed created and cultivated in various species.

    Reed plants can be found near water, near lakes or in marsh land areas.

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Anagrams for Reed »

  1. dree

  2. deer

  3. dere, de re

  4. rede


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reed in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Magha:

    A man of feeble character resembles a reed that bends with every gust of wind.

  2. Antonio Carpio:

    Malampaya is going to run out of gas in 10 years so there is urgency for us to develop the Reed Bank.

  3. Aesop:

    The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

  4. Andrew Hunter:

    He’s not a reed in the wind, he’s a problem solver, and he’s about getting the job done. And he’s absolutely willing to take the heat for a tough call.

  5. Arthur Bloom:

    There's so much downtime at Walter Reed, and that's what we fill up with music, what we didn't expect is that they'd get really, really good. So we formed a band.

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