close reef

\ ˈklōs-, ˈklōz-\

Definition of close reef

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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