Associations to the word «Reef»


REEF, adjective. Scabby; scurvy.
REEF, noun. (Now chiefly dialectal) The itch; any eruptive skin disorder.
REEF, noun. (Now chiefly dialectal) Dandruff.
REEF, noun. A chain or range of rocks, sand, or coral lying at or near the surface of the water.
REEF, noun. (Australia) (South Africa) A large vein of auriferous quartz; hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore.
REEF, noun. (nautical) A portion of a sail rolled and tied down to lessen the area exposed in a high wind.
REEF, noun. A reef knot.
REEF, verb. (nautical) To take in part of a sail in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.
REEF, verb. (Australian) To pull or yank strongly.
REEF, verb. (nautical) (of paddles) To move the floats of a paddle wheel toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.
REEF AND BEEF, noun. (AU) a meal consisting of a combination of seafood and meat
REEF AND BEEF, noun. (AU) a restaurant that serves that type of cuisine
REEF BREAK, noun. (surfing) (slang) A wave that breaks over a projection from the seabed formed from coral reef or rock shelf.
REEF CRAB, noun. Ozius truncatus, a crab of the family Menippidae, endemic to parts of Australia and New Zealand.
REEF CRABS, noun. Plural of reef crab
REEF KNOT, noun. A knot used to securely tie two pieces of rope together, or to reef sails
REEF KNOTS, noun. Plural of reef knot
REEF LINE, noun. (nautical) A small rope used to reef square sails by being passed spirally round the yard and through the holes of the reef.
REEF POINT, noun. (nautical) A short line, stitched through a sail, for tying a reef
REEF RASH, noun. (surfing) Scraping injury caused by falling on or being dragged over a reef. (Note this is an actual physical injury, not an inflammation like a normal rash.)
REEF RASHES, noun. Plural of reef rash
REEF TRIGGERFISH, noun. Rhinecanthus rectangulus, a species of triggerfish.

Dictionary definition

REEF, noun. A submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water.
REEF, noun. A rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese.
REEF, noun. 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.
REEF, verb. Lower and bring partially inboard; "reef the sailboat's mast".
REEF, verb. Roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area.
REEF, verb. Reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef.

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