Dictionary Results for reef


1. reef - noun

· a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water

Hypernym(s): ridge




2. reef - noun

· a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese

Synonym(s): Witwatersrand, Rand, Reef




3. reef - noun

· 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

Hypernym(s): strip, slip




4. reef - verb

· lower and bring partially inboard; "reef the sailboat's mast"

Hypernym(s): lower, take_down, let_down, get_down, bring_down




5. reef - verb

· roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area

Hypernym(s): roll_up, furl




6. reef - verb

· reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef

Hypernym(s): shrink, reduce





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