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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. 2017.
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  • She had furled every thing but the close-reefed main-topsail, and reefed foresail.

  • A few of the smaller sails only were left exposed, and even these were close-reefed.

    Fighting the Whales R. M. Ballantyne
  • One after another the topgallant sails were double-reefed, close-reefed, and at last furled.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • We next tried the fore-topsail, close-reefed, and this stood.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The close-reefed foresail flew out from the brails, and began to thresh tremendously in the fierce blast.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • I was with one of the oldsters in the maintop; the maintop-sail had just been close-reefed.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • If the close-reefed foretopsail is carried instead of the main, it can be easily filled.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The close-reefed mainsail was hoisted, and the Skylark went off on her course.

    Little Bobtail Oliver Optic
  • The strength of the gale is so great, the men only dare to hoist a close-reefed foresail; but swiftly it bears the boat along.

    Storm Warriors John Gilmore
  • Hoop skirts are close-reefed, and tilters are on their last leggs.

    Josh Billings on Ice Henry Wheeler Shaw

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