- a square knot used in reefing sails.
Origin of reef knot
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Historical Examples of reef knot
A squeeze of hands, with lingers entwined, tight as a reef-knot—then relaxed with reluctance—after which they separate.The Flag of Distress
This is a term of derision when a reef-knot is crossed the wrong way, so as to be insecure.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
In large vessels it is usual to pass a ligature round the vessel and tie it with a reef-knot.
"Never knew a reef-knot to slip like that before," exclaimed Billy, regarding the trailing traces.Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S.
Percy F. Westerman
- a knot consisting of two overhand knots turned opposite waysAlso called: square knot