double reed
noun Date: circa 1876 two reeds bound together with a slight separation between them so that air passing through them causes them to beat against one another and that are used as a sound-producing device in certain woodwind instruments (as members of the oboe family)

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  • double-reed — [dub′əlrēd΄] adj. designating or of any of a group of woodwind instruments, as the oboe or bassoon, having two reeds that are separated by a narrow opening and vibrated against each other by the breath n. a double reed instrument …   English World dictionary

  • Double reed — A double reed is a type of reed used to produce sound in various wind instruments. The term double reed comes from the fact that there are two pieces of cane vibrating against each other. A single reed consists of one piece of cane which vibrates …   Wikipedia

  • double reed — noun 1. a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together • Syn: ↑double reed instrument • Hypernyms: ↑beating reed instrument, ↑reed instrument, ↑reed • Hyponyms: ↑bass …   Useful english dictionary

  • double-reed — dou′ble reed′ adj. 1) mad of or designating wind instruments producing sounds through two reeds fastened and beating together, as the oboe 2) mad a double reed instrument • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • double-reed — adjective Having a double reed …   Wiktionary

  • double reed — /dʌbəl ˈrid/ (say dubuhl reed) noun a wind instrument that employs two reeds (def. 6b) placed together which vibrate when air is blown across or through them, as the oboe or bassoon. Compare single reed …   Australian English dictionary

  • double-reed — /dub euhl reed /, adj. Music. of or pertaining to wind instruments producing sounds through two reeds fastened and beating together, as the oboe. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • double reed — noun Music a reed with two slightly separated blades, used for playing a wind instrument such as an oboe or bassoon …   English new terms dictionary

  • double-reed — /dʌbəl ˈrid/ (say dubuhl reed) adjective of or relating to wind instruments producing sounds through two reeds fastened and beating together, as the oboe …   Australian English dictionary

  • double-reed — /dub euhl reed /, adj. Music. of or pertaining to wind instruments producing sounds through two reeds fastened and beating together, as the oboe. [1875 80] …   Useful english dictionary

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