Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  2. (countable) The hollow stem of these plants.
  3. (countable, music) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  4. (countable, music) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  5. (countable, weaving) A comb-like part of a beater for beating the weft when weaving.
  6. (countable, historical) A piece of whalebone or similar for stiffening the skirt or waist of a woman's dress.
  7. (uncountable, architecture) Reeding.
  8. (mining) A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
  9. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.
  10. (poetic, obsolete) A missile weapon.
  11. (archaic, metrology) A measuring rod.
    1. A Babylonian unit of measure the length of a reed, equal to half a nindan, or six cubits.
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: instrument à anche
  • German: Rohrblattinstrument
  • Italian: strumento ad ancia
Translations Translations Verb

reed (reeds, present participle reeding; past and past participle reeded)

  1. (transitive) To thatch.
  2. To mill or mint with reeding.
  1. Simple past tense and past participle of ree

reed (plural reeds)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect) The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.

Proper noun
  1. Surname, a spelling variant of Reid.
  2. A unisex given name.
  3. A village in Hertfordshire, England.

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