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Definition of Reed


  1. Red.
  2. Same as Rede.
  3. The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.
  4. 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. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
  6. An arrow, as made of a reed.
  7. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.
  8. 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. 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. 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. A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
  12. Same as Reeding.

Reed Quotations

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. - Johannes Brahms
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
Johannes Brahms

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

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Khalil Gibran

Melissa McCarthy just opened this new movie, 'Identity Thief,' and Rex Reed, who's a known critic, wrote a scathing commentary on her weight. I think that weight designation is one of the last frontiers of bullying. I don't know what the right 'ism' for it is, but I think that there's a level of that that's happening that's certainly not okay.
Josh Gad

My hairdresser in the U.K., Adam Reed, has his own line, Percy and Reed, and it's really good. And I use Moroccan Oil and Kerastase as well.
Ellie Goulding
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Reed Translations

reed in Dutch is riet
reed in French is roseau
reed in German is Schilf, Reed
reed in Spanish is junco, ca a
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