Definition of Reefing

1. n. The process of taking in a reef.

Definition of Reefing

1. Noun. The process of reefing (taking in a sail); an act of reefing; ''also used of clothing''. ¹

2. Noun. (Australia New Zeland) A reef (seam of quartz). ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of reef) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reefing

1. reef [v] - See also: reef

Medical Definition of Reefing

1. Surgically reducing the extent of a tissue by folding it and securing with sutures, as in plication. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reefing

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reef squirrelfish
reef triggerfish
reef whitetip shark
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reefer's nut
reefer jacket
reefer jackets
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reefing (current term)
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reek
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reekie

Literary usage of Reefing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Seamanship: Comp. from Various Authorities, and Illustrated with Numerous by Stephen Bleecker Luce (1877)
"reefing AND HOISTING. WHEN it becomes necessary to reduce sail by reefing the topsails, ... While the men are reefing, luff the ship up and spill the sail, ..."

2. The Windmill as a Prime Mover by Alfred R. Wolff (1900)
"... Andrew Meikle devised, for reefing the sails when the mill was in motion, an ingenious application of the centrifugal governor; viz., a sliding piece, ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1863)
"... and the inventor has consequently devised the system of Self-reefing traversing sails (also lately exhibited at the International Exhibition). ..."

4. History of Merchant Shipping and Ancient Commerce by William Schaw Lindsay (1874)
"... and Prussian marine—Danish and Norwegian system—Duties of Chief Mate—His duties in port—Tacking " 'bout ship"—reefing topsails—Log-book—Mate successor ..."

5. The Marine Steam-engine: Designed Chiefly for the Use of the Officers of Her by Thomas Main, Thomas Brown (1860)
"On reefing Paddle-Wheels, to obtain greater speed. ... In reefing the wheels, however, there would be no practical gain in the speed of the vessel if the ..."

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