He would go aloft in a gale or in a calm, and lend a hand at reefing or furling as promptly as any man in the ship.
The order for men to come in from the yards after reefing or furling.
Because of the use of the sprit and heel tackle, the conventional method of reefing was not possible.
The order to come in from the yards when reefing, furling, or other duty is performed.
The first thing when you get a crew is to break them in to a method of reefing.
Archy had several times been aloft, but had never assisted in reefing.
Here again it was—down yard, haul out reef-tackles, and lay out upon the yard for reefing.
If this happens at night when reefing you are liable to be in a fix.
While he was fishing, the wind had hauled round to the northeast, and continued to freshen till it became a reefing breeze.
Reef-tackles are ropes employed in the operation of reefing.
"rock ridge underwater," 1580s, riffe, probably via Dutch riffe, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse rif "ridge in the sea; reef in a sail," literally "rib" (see rib (n.)).
"horizontal section of sail," late 14c. (mid-14c. in rif-rope), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse rif "reef of a sail," probably a transferred use of rif "ridge under the sea; rib" (see rib (n.) and cf. reef (n.1)). German reff, Swedish ref, Norwegian riv, Danish reb likely all are from the Old Norse word.
1660s, "take in, roll up" (as a sail on a ship), from reef (n.2). Related: Reefed; reefing.
reefing reef·ing (rē'fĭng)
Surgical reduction of the extent of a tissue by folding it and securing with sutures.
A strip or ridge of rocks, sand, or coral that rises to or near the surface of a body of water. See more at coral reef.