having most or all of the sail reefs taken in.
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How to use close-reefed in a sentence
The Wellington came bowling along under close-reefed topsails.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Soon there struggled in the narrow mouth the shadow of a close-reefed trawler of sixty tons or so.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
We were at this time scudding under the fore-sail and close-reefed main-top-sail, the wind blowing strong from the west.A Voyage to the South Sea | William Bligh
Her three topmasts were housed, and she was hove-to under the lee clew of her close-reefed topsail and a small storm-trysail.With Airship and Submarine | Harry Collingwood
One awful morning in November, 1864, the vessel was hove-to under close-reefed main topsail.Windjammers and Sea Tramps | Walter Runciman