What does the word reed mean?

Usage examples for reed

  1. In His name, who never broke the bruised reed, I ask you to smooth her pillow, and to bring peace and pardon to that weary spirit. – Ellen Middleton--A Tale by Georgiana Fullerton
  2. The vocal cords do not vibrate as strings, like the strings of a violin, but somewhat as reeds, similar to the reeds of a French harp or reed organ. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.