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Dictionary definition for: Reef

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

2. (v) lower and bring partially inboard; "reef the sailboat''s mast"

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

4. (v) roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area

5. (v) reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef

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