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reef

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
reef

Plural
reefs

  1. (countable) A reef is a long chain of rocks or coral that is found in the ocean.
  2. (nautical) A reef is a portion of a sail that can be rolled up to reduce the area that will be exposed to high wind.

Verb[change]

Plain form
reef

Third-person singular
reefs

Past tense
reefed

Past participle
reefed

Present participle
reefing

  1. (nautical) If you reef, you take in part of a sail in order to change the size of the sail.