reef meaning

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  • Noun: reef  reef
    1. A submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water 
    2. One of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
    Verb: reef  reef
    1. Lower and bring partially inboard
      "reef the sailing boat's mast" 
    2. Roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area 
    3. Reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef
    Noun: Reef
    1. A rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese
      - Witwatersrand, Rand

    Derived forms: reefed, reefing, reefs

    See also: reefy

    Type of: bring down, furl, get down, let down, lower, part, reduce, region, ridge, roll up, shrink, slip, strip, take down

    Part of: canvas, canvass, sail, sheet, Transvaal

    Encyclopedia: Reef

  • [American slang]
    n. cannabis; a marijuana cigarette.
    • He had a reefer in his hand when he was busted.
    • Don't stall the reef. Pass it on.


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  1. the ship was wrecked on the hidden reef.
  2. the captain ordered to reef the sails for docking.
  3. an atoll is a circular reef surrounding a lagoon.
  4. older reefs become cemented up.
  5. the pilot guided us through the dangerous reefs.

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