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“… travelers of the dangerous reef so up to …”

meanings of reef


  1. The itch; any eruptive skin disorder.
  2. A chain or range of rocks, sand, or coral lying at or near the surface of the water.
  3. A reef knot.
  4. A portion of a sail rolled and tied down to lessen the area exposed in a high wind.
  5. A large vein of auriferous quartz; hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore.
  6. Dandruff.


  1. To take in part of a sail in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.
  2. To move the floats of a paddle wheel toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.
  3. To pull or yank strongly, especially in relation to horse riding.


  1. Scabby; scurvy.

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