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reed US English

A tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family that grows in water or on marshy ground

ree2 US English

A walled enclosure for sheep, cattle, or pigs, usually made of stone and often with a covered area. Now also: a run or pen for poultry. Frequently with distinguishing word; see also sheep-ree.

ree5 US English

To clean (grain, pulses, etc.) using a sieve, especially by sifting in a circular motion so that the chaff, etc. collects in the centre. Compare ree. Also without object: to sieve in this way.

Reed, Sir Carol US English

(1906–76), English film director. His films include Odd Man Out (1947), The Third Man (1949), and the musical Oliver! (1968), for which he won an Oscar

Reed, Stanley Forman US English

(1884–1980), US Supreme Court associate justice 1938–57. A supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, he held various federal positions before being named to the Court

Reed, Walter US English

(1851–1902), US army surgeon. He proved that the yellow fever virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, is named for him

Reed, Willis US English

(1942-), US basketball player. A center for the New York Knicks 1964–74, he was the NBA’s most valuable player for the 1969–1970 season. He later coached various professional and college teams. Basketball Hall of Fame (1982)

Reed–Sternberg US English

Attributive Designating a type of giant cell characteristic of Hodgkin's disease, typically having two mirror-image nuclei with prominent nucleoli and marginal clumping of chromatin; of or relating to such cells; especially in Reed–Sternberg cell.

Sternberg–Reed US English

Attributive = Reed–Sternberg.

bur reed US English

An aquatic reedlike plant with rounded flower heads. Its oily seeds are an important source of winter food for wildfowl

free reed US English

(In a wind instrument) a reed which is attached at one end in such a way that it may vibrate freely within the opening in which it is set; frequently attributive.

Lang Reed US English

With the. A period of scarcity just before the spring, when winter stocks have run low.

pole-reed US English

The giant reed, Arundo donax (now rare).

reed bat US English

= legget.

reed bed US English

An area of water or marshland dominated by reeds

reed-bird US English

Any bird that lives among reeds. rare.

reed-cap US English

A small, usually wooden cap enclosing the reed of certain instruments (especially early double-reed instruments) so that the player does not control it directly with his or her lips.

reed case US English

Music a case for storing the reeds used in an instrument such as an oboe or clarinet.

reed hook US English

An implement used for threading the warp threads through the reed of a loom.

reed horn US English

Any horn in which sound is produced by a reed; specifically a type of foghorn in which a metal reed is vibrated by compressed air to produce the sound.

reed mace US English

Another term for cattail.

reed mark US English

A mark on a piece of cloth running in the direction of the warp, caused by a damaged or defective loom reed.

reed moth US English

Any of various small moths which inhabit reed beds; specifically = reed leopard.

reed pipe US English

A simple wind instrument made from a reed or with the sound produced by a reed

reed stop US English

An organ stop controlling reed pipes

double reed US English

A reed with two slightly separated blades, used for playing a wind instrument such as an oboe or bassoon

giant reed US English

A fast-growing perennial grass native to India that is a principal source for reeds used in musical instruments. In the US it threatens some native plant habitats because of its spreading and dispersal habits

Indian reed US English

The plant Indian shot, Canna indica; a stem of this.

paper reed US English

The papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus.

reed brake US English

A brake or thicket of reeds.

reed-capped US English

(Of a wind instrument) having a reed cap.

reed-drawer US English

A person who prepares reed for thatching.

reed fescue US English

Any of several coarse fescues, especially tall fescue, Festuca arundinacea; also reed fescue grass.

reed-grass US English

The common reed, Phragmites australis; (also) any of various grasses, typically tall and growing in moist or wet soil, thought to resemble this; especially †(a) a cornfield grass, perhaps silky bent, Apera spica-venti (obsolete rare); (b) (more fully canary reed-grass) reed canary grass, Phalaris arundinacea; (c) a reed of the genus Calamagrostis, also called smallreed; (now chiefly US); (d) reed sweetgrass, Glyceria maxima.

reed knife US English

An instrument used to alter the tuning of the reed-pipe in an organ by adjusting the position of the tongue.

reed-marked US English

(Of cloth) that has a mark running in the direction of the warp as a result of a damaged or defective loom reed.

reed organ US English

A keyboard instrument similar to a harmonium, in which air is drawn upward past metal reeds to produce tones

reed piper US English

A person who plays a reed pipe.

reed-plane US English

= reeding plane.

reed player US English

A player of a reed pipe (now rare).

reed relay US English

A relay consisting of or incorporating one or more reed switches.

reed sheaf US English

A bundle of unthreshed wheat straw with the ears removed, used especially for thatching.

reed spear1 US English

A stem or stalk of reed.

reed spear2 US English

A spear made of reed, specifically one of a type used by Australian Aborigines.

reed-split US English

= reed dent.

reed swamp US English

A swamp dominated by the common reed, Phragmites australis, or other tall reed-like plants; swampland of this kind.

reed switch US English

(Originally) a switch in which electrical contact is made by two reeds that are caused to touch one another; (later) specifically a small, sensitive, high-speed switching device consisting of a pair of contacts in a sealed glass tube, which can be brought together by the field of an electromagnet surrounding the tube.

small-reed US English

A reed-like grass which grows in damp woods and marshes in temperate regions

Norfolk reed US English

The common reed, which is cultivated in eastern England for use in thatching

reed bunting US English

A Eurasian bunting that frequents reed beds and hedgerows, the male having a black head and white collar

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