- reef knot,
- reef point,
- reef whitetip shark,
Origin of reef1
verb (used with object)
Origin of reef2
Examples from the Web for reef
And this in turn affects the fish, whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs and seabirds that live within the Reef.
The Reef has lost more than half its coral cover since 1985, with two-thirds of the loss occurring after 1998.
It also takes place near a minefield of rocks, is a hangout spot for sharks, and breaks on a reef.Now That Everest Is Closed, Check Out These Other Extreme Adventures|Nina Strochlic|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before the war I was a short-order cook in Zabadani, which is a beautiful tourist valley in Reef Damashq, near Lebanon.Former Syrian Soldier Describes Life in the Army at the Start of War|Andrew Slater|September 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But Searle and other native Gibraltarians say the move to build the reef was about much more than the fishing population.
All the sects of the philosophers have stranded on the reef of moral and physical ill.Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary|Voltaire
At high water the reef was overflowed excepting at its north-west end where a patch of sand not larger than the boat was left dry.Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia|Phillip Parker King
The reef opposite, was entirely under water, and its position was indicated only by a line of breakers.The Island Home|Richard Archer
The openings in the reef are few and narrow, so that no ship can anchor near the coral-girt isle.The Cruise of the Mary Rose|William H. G. Kingston
The first of the little fleet of trawlers swung round the end of the reef into the sheltered water of the bay.The Island Mystery|George A. Birmingham
Word Origin for reef
Word Origin for reef
noun the Reef
"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.