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reef knot

noun, Nautical.
a square knot used in reefing sails.
Also called flat knot.
Origin of reef knot
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Tie the point ends together with a bow knot, which is a reef knot with the loop caught in the tie.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • It must then be tied very firmly and secured with a reef knot.

  • Square or reef knot—for joining two cords—very useful, is non-slipping.

    Educational Toys Louis C. Petersen
  • If the ends are not crossed correctly when making the reef knot, the false reef or granny is the result.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • The third knot that must be acquired is what is called the square knot, or reef knot, and is used in reefing the sails.

    Practical Boat-Sailing Douglas Frazar
  • Square or reef knot, Fig. 22, commonly used for joining two ropes of the same size.

  • The reef knot can be upset by taking one end of the rope and its standing part and pulling them in opposite directions.

  • He felt vaguely that something special in the way of knots was required—a bowline—a reef knot or something—not a "granny," anyhow.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • C is a reef knot, used for knotting the reef points of sails or uniting the ends of ropes or cordage.

  • It is simply the reef knot with one of the ends (A) pushed through one of the loops.

British Dictionary definitions for reef knot

reef knot

a knot consisting of two overhand knots turned opposite ways Also called square knot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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