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[klohs-reefd, klohz-] /ˈkloʊsˈrifd, ˈkloʊz-/
adjective, Nautical.
having most or all of the sail reefs taken in.
Origin of close-reefed
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • It was wonderful how we danced over the waves with close-reefed canvas.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • A few of the smaller sails only were left exposed, and even these were close-reefed.

    Fighting the Whales

    R. M. Ballantyne
  • I was with one of the oldsters in the maintop; the maintop-sail had just been close-reefed.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • "Set the close-reefed foresail, Mr. Terrill," said the captain.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • The close-reefed mainsail was hoisted, and the Skylark went off on her course.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • Came on board to-night when we close-reefed topsails durin a squall.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • Hoop skirts are close-reefed, and tilters are on their last leggs.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • The bay now lay before him, dotted here and there by close-reefed sails.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
  • You see a single sail, close-reefed—that is all I can see—away in the mist there?

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