Part of speech: verb

To take in; fold and fasten down, as a sail or part of a sail.

Part of speech: noun

A ridge of rocks at or near the surface of the water.

Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

The folded part of a sail.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "reef":

  1. If it were a reef of gold it would be of no value to us. - "The Squire's Daughter", Silas K(itto) Hocking.
  2. When it approached the outer reef, its awful magnitude became more evident. - "The Ocean and its Wonders", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. On the 23rd a Manono boat of the kind called taumualua dropped down the coast from Mataafa's camp, called in broad day at the German quarter of the town for guides, and proceeded to the reef. - "The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)", Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang.