double reed


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n double reed a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce the sound in some woodwinds
    • n double reed a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
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In literature:

As he went he lifted the slender double reed to his lips and blew a few careless notes.
"The Crock of Gold" by James Stephens
Wriggling and doubling like an eel, choked with sedges and reeds, it had no pretensions to being navigable.
"The Riddle of the Sands" by Erskine Childers
Adjoining this, forming a double cabin, the Reeds built.
"History of the Donner Party" by C.F. McGlashan
The original form of the reed instruments was of the double-reed variety.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
The oboe or hautboy, English horn, and the bassoon have what are called double reeds.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
Double size Reeds, extra strength and finish.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
The four pipes were fixed in the same stock, and double reeds were used throughout; the bag was inflated by means of bellows.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
The reeds are double reeds all set in the wooden stock within the bag.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
For an armful of reeds he would make three arrows, and for a double armful he would tell tales.
"The Basket Woman" by Mary Austin
Omacatl (double reed) was the god or spirit of mirth and festival.
"The Mythologies of Ancient Mexico and Peru" by Lewis Spence
Change the reed again and work five rows double weaving in No.
"Practical Basketry" by Anna A. Gill

In poetry:

'Twas a wondrous little fellow, with a dainty double-chin,
And chubby cheeks, and dimples for the smiles to blossom in;
And he looked as ripe and rosy, on his bed of straw and reeds,
As a mellow little pippin that had tumbled in the weeds.
"Das Krist Kindel" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

This week the Music Box presents a double feature of two British film noir classics, both produced and directed by the talented Carol Reed.
Bill Cole, Coltrane scholar and player of several exotic double-reed instruments, salutes his late friend and collaborator alto saxophonist Sam Furnace on this collection of extended live performances.