Meaning of REED in English


1. n. & v.


1. a any of various water or marsh plants with a firm stem, esp. of the genus Phragmites. b a tall straight stalk of this.

2 (collect.) reeds growing in a mass or used as material esp. for thatching.

3 Brit. wheat-straw prepared for thatching.

4 a pipe of reed or straw.

5 a the vibrating part of the mouthpiece of some wind instruments, e.g. the oboe and clarinet, made of reed or other material and producing the sound. b (esp. in pl.) a reed instrument.

6 a weaver's comblike implement for separating the threads of the warp and correctly positioning the weft.

7 (in pl.) a set of semicylindrical adjacent mouldings like reeds laid together.

1. thatch with reed.

2 make (straw) into reed.

3 fit (a musical instrument) with a reed.

4 decorate with a moulding of reeds.

Phrases and idioms:

reed bunting a small brown bird, Emberiza schoeniclus, frequenting reed-beds. reed-mace a tall reedlike water-plant, Typha latifolia, with straplike leaves and a head of numerous tiny red-brown flowers. reed-organ a harmonium etc. with the sound produced by metal reeds. reed-pipe

1. a wind instrument with sound produced by a reed.

2 an organ-pipe with a reed. reed-stop a reeded organ-stop. reed-warbler any bird of the genus Acrocephalus, esp. A. scirpaceus, frequenting reed-beds.

Etymology: OE hreod f. WG 2. n. the fourth stomach of a ruminant; the abomasum.

Etymology: OE reada

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.