reef knot


Definition of reef knot

: a square knot used in reefing a sail

Examples of reef knot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The logo for the G20 summit hosted in Hamburg was a reef knot—a fastening the purpose of which is to pull together a loose bundle, and which gets tighter the more its loose ends are pulled. The Economist, "Europe’s grown-upHow Angela Merkel is changing, and not changing, Germany," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of reef knot

1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Reef knot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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