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noun 
  1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water.
  2. & (South Africa) A large vein of auriferous quartz; hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore.
  3. (nautical) An arrangement to reduce the area of a sail in a high wind.
  4. A reef knot.
verb (reefs, reefing, reefed)
  1. (nautical) To take in part of a sail in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.
Etymology: From rif.


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