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REED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Reed mean? 

REED (noun)
  The noun REED has 5 senses:

1. tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites
2. 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. United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)
4. a vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it
5. a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed

  Familiarity information: REED used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REED (noun)


Sense 1reed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tall woody perennial grasses with hollow slender stems especially of the genera Arundo and Phragmites

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("reed" is a kind of...):

graminaceous plant; gramineous plant (cosmopolitan herbaceous or woody plants with hollow jointed stems and long narrow leaves)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reed"):

Arundo conspicua; Chionochloa conspicua; toetoe; toitoi (used by Maoris for thatching)

Arundo donax; giant reed (large rhizomatous perennial grasses found by riversides and in ditches having jointed stems and large grey-white feathery panicles)

carrizo; common reed; ditch reed; Phragmites communis (tall North American reed having relative wide leaves and large plumelike panicles; widely distributed in moist areas; used for mats, screens and arrow shafts)


Sense 2Reed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

John Reed; Reed

Instance hypernyms:

commie; communist (a socialist who advocates communism)

journalist (a writer for newspapers and magazines)


Sense 3Reed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

United States physician who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes (1851-1902)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Walter Reed; Reed

Instance hypernyms:

operating surgeon; sawbones; surgeon (a physician who specializes in surgery)


Sense 4reed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vibrator consisting of a thin strip of stiff material that vibrates to produce a tone when air streams over it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

vibrating reed; reed

Context example:

the clarinetist fitted a new reed onto his mouthpiece

Hypernyms ("reed" is a kind of...):

vibrator (a mechanical device that vibrates)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reed"):

double reed (a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce the sound in some woodwinds)


Sense 5reed [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

beating-reed instrument; reed instrument; reed

Hypernyms ("reed" is a kind of...):

wood; woodwind; woodwind instrument (any wind instrument other than the brass instruments)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "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))


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