Reef - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |riːf|  American pronunciation of the word reef
Brit.  |riːf|  British pronunciation of the word reef


- a submerged ridge of rock or coral near the surface of the water
- a rocky region in the southern Transvaal in northeastern South Africa; contains rich gold deposits and coal and manganese (syn: rand, witwatersrand)
- one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind


- lower and bring partially inboard
- roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area
- reduce (a sail) by taking in a reef


a proposal to protect several miles of thousand-year-old coral reef

The storm threw the boat against a reef.

The incoming tide will eventually float the ship off the reef.

This will be my first dive on a coral reef.

We saw strange, colorful creatures in the crannies of the reef while scuba diving.

The ship was lost on the reef.

The ship was thrown on a reef.

The first time you dive on a coral reef is an experience you will never forget.

We went diving on the coral reef.

Over 1,500 different species of fish inhabit the waters around the reef.

Lagoon Reef is one of the best resort hotels.

the ship was clear of the reef

An aggressive tide sluiced across the barrier reef

Word forms

singular: reef
plural: reefs
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