Reefing
Reefing Reef"ing, n. (Naut.) The process of taking in a reef. [1913 Webster]

{Reefing bowsprit}, a bowsprit so rigged that it can easily be run in or shortened by sliding inboard, as in cutters. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Reefing — Reef Reef, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reefed} (r[=e]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reefing}.] (Naut.) To reduce the extent of (as a sail) by rolling or folding a certain portion of it and making it fast to the yard or spar. Totten. [1913 Webster] {To reef the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reefing — /ˈrifɪŋ/ (say reefing) noun the mining of gold bearing quartz …   Australian English dictionary

  • reefing — Surgically reducing the extent of a tissue by folding it and securing with sutures, as in plication. stomach r. SYN: gastroplication …   Medical dictionary

  • reefing — rɪːf n. ridge of coral or rock located near the surface of the sea; part of a sail that can be adjusted in order to control the sail area that is exposed to the wind v. roll up part of a sail in order to expose less sail area to the wind… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • reefing — reefˈing noun • • • Main Entry: ↑reef …   Useful english dictionary

  • Reefing bowsprit — Reefing Reef ing, n. (Naut.) The process of taking in a reef. [1913 Webster] {Reefing bowsprit}, a bowsprit so rigged that it can easily be run in or shortened by sliding inboard, as in cutters. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reefing point — noun see reef point …   Useful english dictionary

  • reefing-jacket — reefˈing jacket noun A short thick double breasted jacket • • • Main Entry: ↑reef …   Useful english dictionary

  • RLC — Reefing Line Cutter Contributor: MSFC …   NASA Acronyms

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