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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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