close reef

noun
\ ˈklōs-, ˈklōz- \

Definition of close reef

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the last ordinary reef that can be put in a sail — compare balance reef

close-reef

transitive verb

Definition of close-reef (Entry 2 of 2)

: to reduce the area of (a sail) as much as possible

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“Close reef.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/close%20reef. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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