EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR REEFED
Sails were furled, others were reefed, and all was made fairly snug.
He was reefed close and was making for the inlet, up Bay End way.
The sails were not reefed, for it was not known when they might be required.
Perfectly cool, he stood waiting till the sails were reefed.
We had been under lower-topsails and a reefed foresail all night.
It blew so hard that the topsails had to be reefed at first, and then taken in.
I shouted, and had the sense to hoist the reefed foresail at once.
The sail had been reefed, but it was as much as we could carry.
The helm was put down and the topsails lowered and reefed in stays.
If there is a stiff breeze, set topsails alone, whole or reefed.
1660s, "take in, roll up" (as a sail on a ship), from reef (n.2). Related: Reefed; reefing.