Synonyms of reef


1. reef, ridge

usage: a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water

2. Witwatersrand, Rand, Reef

usage: a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese

3. reef, strip, slip

usage: 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


1. reef, lower, take down, let down, get down, bring down

usage: lower and bring partially inboard; "reef the sailboat's mast"

2. reef, roll up, furl

usage: roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area

3. reef, shrink, reduce

usage: reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef

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Definition and meaning of reef (Dictionary)