reef knot

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noun Nautical.

a square knot used in reefing sails.

Nearby words

  1. reedling,
  2. reedman,
  3. reeducate,
  4. reedy,
  5. reef,
  6. reef point,
  7. reef whitetip shark,
  8. reefer,
  9. reeffish,
  10. reefing

Origin of reef knot

First recorded in 1835–45

Also called flat knot.

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British Dictionary definitions for reef knot

reef knot

noun

a knot consisting of two overhand knots turned opposite waysAlso called: square knot
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