Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Reebok noun [ Dutch, literally, roebuck.] (Zoology) The peele. [ Written also rehboc and rheeboc .]
Reëcho (rē*ĕk"o) transitive verb To echo back; to reverberate again; as, the hills reëcho the roar of cannon.
Reëcho intransitive verb To give echoes; to return back, or be reverberated, as an echo; to resound; to be resonant.
And a loud groan reëchoes from the main. Pope.
Reëcho noun The echo of an echo; a repeated or second echo.
[ See Reeky
.] Smoky; reeky; hence, begrimed with dirt.
Reed (rēd) adjective Red. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Reed v. & noun Same as Rede .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Reed noun The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet. [ Prov. Eng. or Scot.]
[ Anglo-Saxon hreód
; akin to Dutch riet
, German riet
, Old High German kriot
.] 1. (Botany) A name given to many tall and coarse grasses or grasslike plants, and their slender, often jointed, stems, such as the various kinds of bamboo, and especially the common reed of Europe and North America ( Phragmites communis ). 2. A musical instrument made of the hollow joint of some plant; a rustic or pastoral pipe.
Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Milton. 3. An arrow, as made of a reed. Prior. 4. Straw prepared for thatching a roof.
[ Prov. Eng.] 5. (Mus.) (a) A small piece of cane or wood attached to the mouthpiece of certain instruments, and set in vibration by the breath. In the clarinet it is a single fiat reed; in the oboe and bassoon it is double, forming a compressed tube. (b) One of the thin pieces of metal, the vibration of which produce the tones of a melodeon, accordeon, harmonium, or seraphine; also attached to certain sets or registers of pipes in an organ. 6. (Weaving) A frame having parallel flat stripe of metal or reed, between which the warp threads pass, set in the swinging lathe or batten of a loom for beating up the weft; a sley. See Batten . 7. (Mining) A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting. 8. (Architecture) Same as Reeding . Egyptian reed (Botany)
, the papyrus.
-- Free reed (Mus.)
, a reed whose edges do not overlap the wind passage, -- used in the harmonium, concertina, etc. It is distinguished from the beating or striking reed of the organ and clarinet.
-- Meadow reed grass (Botany)
, the Glyceria aquatica , a tall grass found in wet places.
-- Reed babbler
. See Reedbird .
-- Reed bunting (Zoology) A European sparrow ( Emberiza schœniclus ) which frequents marshy places; -- called also reed sparrow , ring bunting . (b) Reedling.
-- Reed canary grass (Botany)
, a tall wild grass ( Phalaris arundinacea ).
-- Reed grass
. (Botany) (a) The common reed
. See Reed
, 1. (b) A plant of the genus Sparganium ; bur reed. See under Bur .
-- Reed organ (Mus.)
, an organ in which the wind acts on a set of free reeds, as the harmonium, melodeon, concertina, etc.
-- Reed pipe (Mus.)
, a pipe of an organ furnished with a reed.
-- Reed sparrow
. (Zoology) See Reed bunting , above.
-- Reed stop (Mus.)
, a set of pipes in an organ furnished with reeds.
-- Reed warbler
. (Zoology) (a) A small European warbler ( Acrocephalus streperus ); -- called also reed wren . (b) Any one of several species of Indian and Australian warblers of the genera Acrocephalus , Calamoherpe , and Arundinax . They are excellent singers.
-- Sea-sand reed (Botany)
, a kind of coarse grass ( Ammophila arundinacea ). See Beach grass , under Beach .
-- Wood reed grass (Botany)
, a tall, elegant grass ( Cinna arundinacea ), common in moist woods.
Reed-mace noun (Botany) The cat-tail.
Reedbird noun (Zoology) (a) The bobolink. (b) One of several small Asiatic singing birds of the genera Schœnicola and Eurycercus ; -- called also reed babbler . Reed"buck"
(-b?k`) noun (Zoology) See Rietboc .
1. Civered with reeds; reedy. Tusser. 2. Formed with channels and ridges like reeds.
Reeden adjective Consisting of a reed or reeds.
Through reeden pipes convey the golden flood. Dryden.
[ Confer French réédification
. See Reëdify
.] The act reëdifying; the state of being reëdified.
Reëdify transitive verb [ Prefix re- + edify : confer French réédifier , Latin reaedificare .] To edify anew; to build again after destruction. [ R.] Milton.
[ From 4th Reed
.] 1. (Architecture) A small convex molding; a reed (see Illust. (i) of Molding ); one of several set close together to decorate a surface; also, decoration by means of reedings; -- the reverse of fluting .
» Several reedings
are often placed together, parallel to each other, either projecting from, or inserted into, the adjining surface. The decoration so produced is then called, in general, reeding
. 2. The nurling on the edge of a coin; -- commonly called milling .
Reedless adjective Destitute of reeds; as, reedless banks.
Reedling noun (Zoology) The European bearded titmouse ( Panurus biarmicus ); -- called also reed bunting , bearded pinnock , and lesser butcher bird . » It is orange brown, marked with black, white, and yellow on the wings. The male has a tuft of black feathers on each side of the face.
Reedwork noun (Mus.) A collective name for the reed stops of an organ.
1. Abounding with reeds; covered with reeds. "A reedy pool." Thomson . 2. Having the quality of reed in tone, that is, ............... and thin^ as some voices.
[ Akin to Dutch rif
, German riff
, Icelandic rif
, Danish rev
; confer Icelandic rifa
rift, rent, fissure, rifa
to rive, bear. Confer Rift
.] 1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water. See Coral reefs , under Coral . 2. (Mining.) A large vein of auriferous quartz; -- so called in Australia. Hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore. Reef builder (Zoology)
, any stony coral which contributes material to the formation of coral reefs.
-- Reef heron (Zoology)
, any heron of the genus Demigretta ; as, the blue reef heron ( D. jugularis ) of Australia.
[ Akin to Dutch reef
, German reff
, Swedish ref
; confer Icelandic rif
to basten together. Confer Reeve
, transitive verb
.] (Nautical) That part of a sail which is taken in or let out by means of the reef points, in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.
» From the head to the first reef-band, in square sails, is termed the first reef
; from this to the next is the second reef
; and so on. In fore-and-aft sails, which reef on the foot, the first reef is the lowest part. Totten. Close reef
, the last reef that can be put in.
-- Reef band
. See Reef-band in the Vocabulary.
-- Reef knot
, the knot which is used in tying reef pointss. See Illust. under Knot .
-- Reef line
, a small rope formerly used to reef the courses by being passed spirally round the yard and through the holes of the reef. Totten.
-- Reef points
, pieces of small rope passing through the eyelet holes of a reef-band, and used reefing the sail.
-- Reef tackle
, a tackle by which the reef cringles, or rings, of a sail are hauled up to the yard for reefing. Totten.
-- To take a reef in
, to reduce the size of (a sail) by folding or rolling up a reef, and lashing it to the spar.
Reef transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Reefed
(rēft); present participle & verbal noun Reefing
.] (Nautical) To reduce the extent of (as a sail) by roiling or folding a certain portion of it and making it fast to the yard or spar. Totten. To reef the paddles
, to move the floats of a paddle wheel toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.
Reef-band noun (Nautical) A piece of canvas sewed across a sail to strengthen it in the part where the eyelet holes for reefing are made. Totten.
1. (Nautical) One who reefs; -- a name often given to midshipmen. Marryat. 2. A close-fitting lacket or short coat of thick cloth.
Reefing noun (Nautical) The process of taking in a reef. Reefing bowsprit , a bowsprit so rigged that it can easily be run in or shortened by sliding inboard, as in cutters.
Reefy adjective Full of reefs or rocks.
Reek (rēk) noun A rick. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
[ Anglo-Saxon r&emc;c
; akin to OFries. rēk
, LG. & Dutch rook
, German rauch
, Old High German rouh
, Dan. rög, Swedish rök
, Icelandic reykr
, and to Anglo-Saxon reócan
to reek, smoke, Icelandic rjūka
, German riechen
to smell.] Vapor; steam; smoke; fume.
As hateful to me as the reek of a limekiln. Shak.
Reek intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Reeked
(rēkt); present participle & verbal noun Reeking
.] [ As. rēcan
. See Reek
vapor.] To emit vapor, usually that which is warm and moist; to be full of fumes; to steam; to smoke; to exhale.
Few chimneys reeking you shall espy. Spenser.
I found me laid Milton.
In balmy sweat, which with his beams the sun
Soon dried, and on the reeking moisture fed.
The coffee rooms reeked with tobacco. Macaulay.
[ From 2d Reek
; confer Reechy
.] 1. Soiled with smoke or steam; smoky; foul. Shak. 2. Emitting reek.
fen." Sir W. Scott.
Reel noun [ Gael. righil .] A lively dance of the Highlanders of Scotland; also, the music to the dance; -- often called Scotch reel . Virginia reel , the common name throughout the United States for the old English "country dance," or contradance ( contredanse ). Bartlett.
Reel noun [ Anglo-Saxon kre...l : confer Icelandic kr...ll a weaver's reed or sley.] Reel oven , a baker's oven in which bread pans hang suspended from the arms of a kind of reel revolving on a horizontal axis. Knight.
1. A frame with radial arms, or a kind of spool, turning on an axis, on which yarn, threads, lines, or the like, are wound; as, a log reel , used by seamen; an angler's reel ; a garden reel . 2. A machine on which yarn is wound and measured into lays and hanks, -- for cotton or linen it is fifty-four inches in circuit; for worsted, thirty inches. McElrath. 3. (Agriculture) A device consisting of radial arms with horizontal stats, connected with a harvesting machine, for holding the stalks of grain in position to be cut by the knives.
Reel transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Reeled
(r?ld); present participle & verbal noun Reeling
. ] 1. To roll.
And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reel . Spenser. 2. To wind upon a reel, as yarn or thread.
Reel intransitive verb
[ Confer Swedish ragla
. See 2d Reel
.] 1. To incline, in walking, from one side to the other; to stagger.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man. Ps. cvii. 27.
He, with heavy fumes oppressed, Pope.
Reeled from the palace, and retired to rest.
The wagons reeling under the yellow sheaves. Macaulay. 2. To have a whirling sensation; to be giddy.
In these lengthened vigils his brain often reeled . Hawthorne.
Reel noun The act or motion of reeling or staggering; as, a drunken reel . Shak.
Reëlect transitive verb To elect again; as, to reëlect the former governor.
Reëlection noun Election a second time, or anew; as, the reëlection of a former chief.
1. One who reels. 2. (Zoology) The grasshopper warbler; -- so called from its note. [ Prov. Eng.]
Reëligible (r&emc;*ĕl"ĭ*jĭ*b'l) adjective Eligible again; capable of reëlection; as, reëligible to the same office. -- Re*ël`i*gi*bil"i*ty (r&emc;*ĕl`ĭ*jĭ*bĭl"ĭ*tȳ) noun
Reem noun [ Hebrew ] (Zoology) The Hebrew name of a horned wild animal, probably the Urus. » In King James's Version it is called unicorn ; in the Revised Version, wild ox . Job xxxix. 9.
Reem transitive verb
[ Confer Ream
to make a hole in.] (Nautical) To open (the seams of a vessel's planking) for the purpose of calking them. Reeming iron (Nautical)
, an iron chisel for reeming the seams of planks in calking ships.
Reëmbark transitive verb & i. To put, or go, on board a vessel again; to embark again.
Reëmbarkation noun A putting, or going, on board a vessel again.
Reëmbody transitive verb To embody again.
Reëmbrace intransitive verb To embrace again.
Reëmerge intransitive verb To emerge again.
Reëmergence noun Act of reëmerging.
Reënact transitive verb To enact again.
Reënaction noun The act of reënacting; the state of being reënacted.