balance reef

noun

Definition of balance reef

  1. 1 :  the last reef used in a fore-and-aft sail and taken diagonally from the throat to the close-reef cringle of the leech

  2. 2 :  the ordinary last reef or close reef used to steady a ship

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First Known Use of balance reef

1782


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