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Meaning of reefing by Wiktionary Dictionary



    reefing ( plural: reefings )

    1. The process of reefing ( taking in a sail ); an act of reefing; also used of clothing.
    2. ( Australian, New Zeland ) A reef ( seam of quartz ).



    1. Present participle of reef .


Definition of reefing by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Reef, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reefed ( rēft ); p. pr. & vb. n. Reefing.] ( Naut. ) To reduce the extent of ( as a sail ) by rolling or folding a certain portion of it and making it fast to the yard or spar. Totten.

    To reef the paddles, to move the floats of a paddle wheel toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.

  2. Reefing, n. ( Naut. ) The process of taking in a reef.

    Reefing bowsprit, a bowsprit so rigged that it can easily be run in or shortened by sliding inboard, as in cutters.