Reed - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |riːd|  American pronunciation of the word reed
Brit.  |riːd|  British pronunciation of the word reed

noun

- tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
- 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)
- United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
- 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

- a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed

Examples

the reeds along the edge of a pond

the reed section of the orchestra

Reeds grew in clumps all along the river bank.

the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece

When you blow into the instrument, the air vibrates the reed.

The birds build their nests in reed beds along the river bank.

a reed is the vibrator that produces the sound

Word forms

noun
singular: reed
plural: reeds
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