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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting artifact]

(reef is a kind of ...) artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

(... is part of reef) a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

Definition 2: a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese - [noun denoting location]

Synonyms for reef in the sense of this definition

(reef is an instance of ...) the extended spatial location of something

"the farming regions of France" "religions in all parts of the world" "regions of outer space"

(... is part of reef) a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers

Definition 3: a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water - [noun denoting object]

(reef is a kind of ...) a long narrow natural elevation or striation

(... is a kind of reef ) a reef consisting of coral consolidated into limestone

Definition 4: roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area - [verb of change]

(reef is a kind of ...) form into a cylinder by rolling

"Roll up the cloth"

Definition 5: reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef - [verb of change]

(reef is a kind of ...) reduce in size; reduce physically

"Hot water will shrink the sweater" "Can you shrink this image?"

Definition 6: lower and bring partially inboard - [verb of motion]

Samples where reef or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reef the sailboat's mast

(reef is a kind of ...) move something or somebody to a lower position

"take down the vase from the shelf"

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