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English noun: reef

1. reef (object) a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water


Broader (hypernym)ridge


Narrower (hyponym)coral reef

2. Reef (location) a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese


SynonymsRand, Witwatersrand


Instance hypernympart, region


Part meronymTransvaal

3. reef (artifact) one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind


Broader (hypernym)slip, strip


Part meronymcanvas, canvass, sail, sheet


English verb: reef

1. reef (motion) lower and bring partially inboard


SamplesReef the sailboat's mast.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down

2. reef (change) roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furl, roll up

3. reef (change) reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)reduce, shrink









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