Definitions

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  • adj. Having all the reefs taken in.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having all the reefs taken in; -- said of a sail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the last reef taken in: noting the condition of a vessel when there are no more reefs left to be taken in the sails.

Etymologies

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close +‎ reefed

Examples

  • Mother and I had not spread much sail to our temporary gust of prosperity; and when the storm began to gather, she straightway closereefed.

    The Plum Tree

  • Having called all hands, we closereefed the topsails and trysail, furled the courses and jib, set the fore-topmast staysail, and brought her up nearly to her course, with the weather braces hauled in a little, to ease her.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

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