reef


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

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a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa

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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

lower and bring partially inboard

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

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reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef

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The boat's crew proceeded to the reef of rocks, and rowed round and round it a great many times.
I found a shallow reef running far out into the sea and rather precipitous cliffs running almost to the surf.
The next few days Tarzan devoted to the weaving of a barkcloth sail with which to equip the canoe, for he despaired of being able to teach the apes to wield the paddles, though he did manage to get several of them to embark in the frail craft which he and Mugambi paddled about inside the reef where the water was quite smooth.
As she sat speculating on the strange change which had come over her father her eyes had wandered aimlessly along the harbor's entrance; the low reef that protected it from the sea, and the point of land to the south, that projected far out into the strait like a gigantic index finger pointing toward the mainland, the foliage covered heights of which were just visible above the western horizon.
News, as usual, Christian Young brought--news of the drinking at Guvutu, where the men boasted that they drank between drinks; news of the new rifles adrift on Ysabel, of the latest murders on Malaita, of Tom Butler's sickness on Santa Ana; and last and most important, news that the Matambo had gone on a reef in the Shortlands and would be laid off one run for repairs.
Second, the Martha is on the outside reef at Poonga-Poonga, looted clean of everything portable, and ready to go to pieces with the first bit of lively sea.
But as he watched it grow in definiteness he saw that it was a coral reef smoking in the white Pacific surges.
There's a shore reef and an outer reef, and a mighty nervous anchorage; but we made it all right and fired off our dynamite as a signal to the niggers to come down and be recruited.
Never to reef down was his mania, and in all the time I spent with him, blow high or low, the Reindeer was never reefed.
We were squidding that day, out on the reef--you know how, undoubtedly, diving down the face of the wall of the reef, five fathoms, ten fathoms, any depth within reason, and shoving our squid-sticks into the likely holes and crannies of the coral where squid might be lairing.
And that day, out for squid on the reef, I was almost sick for her.
Sometimes, indeed, none too soon; for one reef was so close on the brig's weather board that when a sea burst upon it the lighter sprays fell upon her deck and wetted us like rain.
1846; The Red Skins, 1846; The Crater (Marks Reef), 1847; Captain Spike, or the Islets of the Gulf, 1848; Jack Tier, or the Florida Reefs, 1848; The Oak Openings, or the Bee-Hunter, 1848; The Sea Lions,
Originally these islets had been mere sand-banks and coral reefs awash in the sea or shallowly covered by the sea.
He even shook out his reefs in order to rise more quickly.