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 for Reef line
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reef \Reef\, n. [Akin to D. reef, G. reff, Sw. ref; cf. Icel.
     rif reef, rifa to basten together. Cf. Reeve, v. t.,
     River.] (Naut.)
     That part of a sail which is taken in or let out by means of
     the reef points, in order to adapt the size of the sail to
     the force of the wind.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: From the head to the first reef-band, in square sails,
           is termed the first reef; from this to the next is the
           second reef; and so on. In fore-and-aft sails, which
           reef on the foot, the first reef is the lowest part.
           --Totten.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Close reef, the last reef that can be put in.
  
     Reef band. See Reef-band in the Vocabulary.
  
     Reef knot, the knot which is used in tying reef pointss.
        See Illust. under Knot.
  
     Reef line, a small rope formerly used to reef the courses
        by being passed spirally round the yard and through the
        holes of the reef. --Totten.
  
     Reef points, pieces of small rope passing through the
        eyelet holes of a reef-band, and used reefing the sail.
  
     Reef tackle, a tackle by which the reef cringles, or rings,
        of a sail are hauled up to the yard for reefing. --Totten.
  
     To take a reef in, to reduce the size of (a sail) by
        folding or rolling up a reef, and lashing it to the spar.
        [1913 Webster]

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