I. noun Etymology: Middle English riff, from Old Norse rif; probably akin to Old Norse rīfa to rend — more at rive Date: 14th century 1. a part of a sail taken in or let out in regulating size 2. reduction in sail area by reefing II. verb Date: 1667 transitive verb 1. to reduce the area of (a sail) by rolling or folding a portion 2. to lower or bring inboard (a spar) wholly or partially intransitive verb to reduce a sail by taking in a reef • reefable adjective III. noun Etymology: Dutch rif, from Middle Dutch, from Old Norse, literally rib; akin to Old English ribb rib — more at rib Date: 1584 1. a. a chain of rocks or coral or a ridge of sand at or near the surface of water — compare atoll, barrier reef b. a hazardous obstruction 2. lode, veinreefy adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Reef — (r[=e]f), n. [Akin to D. rif, G. riff, Icel. rif, Dan. rev; cf. Icel. rifa rift, rent, fissure, rifa to rive, bear. Cf. {Rift}, {Rive}.] 1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water. See {Coral reefs}, under {Coral}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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

  • Reef — Allgemeine Informa …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Reef — Reef, 1) (Reefbanden), an den Segeln (mit Ausnahme der leichten, welche bloß bei mäßigem Winde geführt werden können, die man aber bei zunehmendem Winde sogleich bergen muß) eine Einrichtung, daß sie kleiner gemacht werden können; die Arbeit… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • reef — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS geogr. → barriera corallina {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: sec. XX. ETIMO: dal nord. ant. rif …   Dizionario italiano

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