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reef a sail in

to reduce the area of a ship's sail, by folding the sail. The first mate ordered the sailors to reef the sails in. They had to reef in the sails.
See also: reef, sail


1. n. a refrigerator. A new reefer costs nearly $1,000!
2. and reef n. cannabis; a marijuana cigarette. (Drugs. Akin to greefo.) He had a fat reef in his hand when he was busted.


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It has been estimated that 85% of shellfish reefs have been lost worldwide (Beck et al.
For example, fish older than the age of the reef were present on the reefs that we sampled, including 2 of the oldest fish (19 and 14 years old) that were caught on the 2009 reefs.
The Catlin Seaview Survey will use new technology to gather important scientific information about coral reefs that has never been previously collected," says Stephen Catlin, chief executive of Catlin Group Limited.
Toth, Aronson and a multi-institutional research team drove 17-foot, small-bore aluminum pipes deep into the dead frameworks of coral reefs along the Pacific coast of Panama and pulled out cross-sections of the reefs.
A recent study released by the University of Florida valued Florida's artificial reefs at $253 million dollars per year to local economies.
Reefs at Risk Revisited," the most detailed assessment of threats to coral reefs ever undertaken, is being released by the World Resources Institute, along with the Nature Conservancy, the WorldFish Center, the International Coral Reef Action Network, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center, along with a network of more than 25 organizations.
Another approach to the problem is to space two reefs at slightly deeper locations than normal (approximately 15 per cent and 32 per cent of the luff length), which makes more sense for offshore sailing.
Coral reefs in Asia and the Indian Ocean are most at risk, with 54 percent either lost or critically threatened and another 25 percent moderately threatened.
As part of a global study into the recovery potential of coral reefs, researchers examined more than 800 reefs in 64 locations around the world.
As waves break and reduce in height over reefs, this drives currents that are very important for the transport of nutrients and larvae.
Coral reefs provide shelter and food to about 25 percent of all underwater animals
TEHRAN (FNA)- By sheer coincidence, Canadian researchers have discovered a reef of living cold-water corals in southern Greenland.
If it's foul weather limiting your mobility on a given fishing day, or if you have a desire for a quick-trip plan or for another twist to your typical routine, these reefs should be on your cool weather hit list.
The result tells the same story here in the aquarium as it does in nature - that coral reefs are stunningly beautiful but incredibly fragile ecosystems that need our care.