Meaning of REED in English


I. ˈrēd noun

Etymology: Middle English rede, from Old English hrēod; akin to Old High German hriot reed

Date: before 12th century


a. : any of various tall grasses with slender often prominently jointed stems that grow especially in wet areas

b. : a stem of a reed

c. : a person or thing too weak to rely on : one easily swayed or overcome

2. : a growth or mass of reeds ; specifically : reeds for thatching

3. : arrow

4. : a wind instrument made from the hollow joint of a plant

5. : an ancient Hebrew unit of length equal to six cubits


a. : a thin elastic tongue (as of cane, wood, metal, or plastic) fastened at one end over an air opening in a wind instrument (as a clarinet, organ pipe, or accordion) and set in vibration by an air current

b. : a woodwind instrument that produces sound by the vibrating of a reed against the mouthpiece

the reed s of an orchestra

7. : a device on a loom resembling a comb and used to space warp yarns evenly

8. : reeding 1a

• reed·like -ˌlīk adjective


reed 6a


II. transitive verb

Date: 1951

: mill 2

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.