beating reed
noun Date: 1879 a reed in a musical instrument that vibrates against the edges of an air opening (as in a clarinet or organ pipe) to which it is attachedcompare free reed

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • beating reed — noun : a reed covering an air opening in a musical instrument so as to vibrate against the edge of an air slot (as in a clarinet or organ pipe) compare free reed …   Useful english dictionary

  • beating-reed instrument — noun a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed • Syn: ↑reed instrument, ↑reed • Derivationally related forms: ↑reedy (for: ↑reed) • Hypernyms: ↑woo …   Useful english dictionary

  • reed instrument — Music. a wind instrument with a single or double reed, as a saxophone or an oboe. Also called reed. * * * Any musical wind instrument that sounds when the player s breath or air from a wind chamber causes a reed (a thin blade of cane or metal) to …   Universalium

  • reed instrument — noun a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed • Syn: ↑beating reed instrument, ↑reed • Derivationally related forms: ↑reedy (for: ↑reed) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • reed pipe — noun organ pipe with a vibrating reed • Hypernyms: ↑organ pipe, ↑pipe, ↑pipework * * * noun 1. : a musical instrument made of a reed : pipe 2. : a pipe of a pipe organ producing its musical tone by vibration of a beating reed in a current of air …   Useful english dictionary

  • reed pipe — noun Date: circa 1741 a pipe organ pipe producing its tone by vibration of a beating reed in a current of air …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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