reed(redirected from broken reeds)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
a. Any of various tall perennial grasses, especially of the genera Phragmites and Arundo, having hollow stems and large plumelike panicles and growing in wetlands.
b. Any of several similar plants, such as the papyrus.
c. The stalk of any of these plants.
d. A collection of these stalks: reed for making baskets.
2. Music A primitive wind instrument made of a hollow reed stalk.
a. A flexible strip of cane or metal set into the mouthpiece or air opening of certain instruments to produce tone by vibrating in response to a stream of air.
b. An instrument, such as an oboe or clarinet, that is fitted with a reed.
4. A narrow movable frame fitted with reed or metal strips that separate the warp threads in weaving.
5. Architecture A reeding.
[Middle English red, rede, from Old English hrēod.]
1. (Plants) any of various widely distributed tall grasses of the genus Phragmites, esp P. communis, that grow in swamps and shallow water and have jointed hollow stalks
2. (Plants) the stalk, or stalks collectively, of any of these plants, esp as used for thatching
3. (Crafts) the stalk, or stalks collectively, of any of these plants, esp as used for thatching
4. (Music, other) music
a. a thin piece of cane or metal inserted into the tubes of certain wind instruments, which sets in vibration the air column inside the tube
b. a wind instrument or organ pipe that sounds by means of a reed
5. (Textiles) one of the several vertical parallel wires on a loom that may be moved upwards to separate the warp threads
6. (Architecture) a small semicircular architectural moulding. See also reeding
7. (Units) an ancient Hebrew unit of length equal to six cubits
8. (Archery) an archaic word for arrow
9. broken reed a weak, unreliable, or ineffectual person
10. to fashion into or supply with reeds or reeding
11. (Crafts) to thatch using reeds
[Old English hreod; related to Old Saxon hriod, Old High German hriot]
1. (Biography) Sir Carol. 1906–76, English film director. His films include The Third Man (1949), An Outcast of the Islands (1951), and Oliver! (1968), for which he won an Oscar
2. (Biography) Lou. 1942–2013, US rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist: member of the Velvet Underground (1965–70). His albums include Transformer (1972), Berlin (1973), Street Hassle (1978), New York (1989), Set the Twilight Reeling (1996), and The Raven (2003)
3. (Biography) Walter. 1851–1902, US physician, who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1900)
1. the straight stalk of any of various tall grasses, esp. of the genus Phragmites, growing in marshy places.
2. any of the plants themselves.
3. such stalks or plants collectively, esp. as material for thatching.
4. anything made from such a stalk, as an arrow.
a. a small, flexible piece of cane or metal that, attached to the mouth of any of various wind instruments, is set into vibration by a stream of air and, in turn, sets into vibration the air column enclosed in the tube of the instrument.
6. the comblike device in a loom that separates the warp threads during weaving and is used to beat the filling yarns.
7. a small convex molding, usu. one of a series set in parallel rows as decoration.
8. an ancient unit of length, equal to 6 cubits. Ezek. 40:5.v.t.
9. to decorate with reed.
10. to thatch with or as if with reed.
11. to make vertical grooves on (the edge of a coin, medal, etc.).
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hrēod; c. Old Frisian hriad, Old Saxon hriod, Old High German (h)riot]
1. John, 1887–1920, U.S. journalist and poet.
2. Walter C., 1851–1902, U.S. army surgeon.
Past participle: reeded
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||reed - tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites|
graminaceous plant, gramineous plant - cosmopolitan herbaceous or woody plants with hollow jointed stems and long narrow leaves
Arundo donax, giant reed - large rhizomatous perennial grasses found by riversides and in ditches having jointed stems and large grey-white feathery panicles
|2.||Reed - 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 - United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)|
|4.||reed - 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"|
double reed - a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce the sound in some woodwinds
vibrator - a mechanical device that vibrates; "a reed is the vibrator that produces the sound"
|5.||reed - a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed|
double reed, double-reed instrument - a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
free-reed - a reed that does not fit closely over the aperture
single-reed instrument, single-reed woodwind - a beating-reed instrument with a single reed (as a clarinet or saxophone)
2. (Mus) (in mouthpiece) → lengüeta f
3. (= pipe) → caramillo m
(Bot) → Schilf(rohr) nt, → Ried nt; in the reeds → im Schilf or Ried; a broken reed (fig) → ein schwankendes Rohr
(of wind instrument) → Rohrblatt nt; (of harmonium) → Durchschlagzunge f; (of organ) → Zungenpfeife f; reeds → Rohrblattinstrumente pl
n → Rohrammer f
n → Rohrblattinstrument nt
n → Harmonium nt
n → Schalmei f
n → Zungenregister nt
1. a kind of tall, stiff grass growing on wet or marshy ground. reeds along a river-bank. riet قَصَب тръстика junco rákos das Schilf rør; rørgræs καλαμιάjunco, caña kõrs, (pilli)roog گیاه نی ruoko roseauסוף, קני סוף नरकट, सरकण्डा, नरकुल trska, šaš nád buluh reyr canna, cannuccia あし 갈대 nendrė niedre; meldri sejenis rumput rietsiv, rørtrzcina دروى (نى) شپيلى، ژبى، (دساز اّله) نل، بوټى junco trestie тростник trstina trst trska vass ต้นไม้จำพวกอ้อหรือกก kamış 蘆葦 очерет دلدلی پودے کی شاخ cây sậy 芦苇
2. a thin piece of cane or metal in certain wind instruments (eg the oboe, clarinet) which vibrates and makes a sound when the instrument is played. riet لِسان المِزْمار платък palheta plátek das Rohrblatt rørblad γλωσσίδιlengüeta (roog)lest, trost نیلبک kieli ancheלשונית कम्पिका, रीड, पत्ती jezičak svirala nád(nyelv) pipa reyrblað, málmfjöður ancia, linguetta リード楽器 (악기의) 리드 liežuvėlis (mūzikas instrumenta) mēlīte sejenis alat muzik rietrørblad stroik نى palheta ancie язычок jazýček; píšťala jeziček pisak rörblad ขลุ่ย kamış ağızlık 簧片 язичок بانسری یا باجا ống sáo bằng sậy 簧片