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synonyms for reefing

  • abate
  • curb
  • curtail
  • decelerate
  • decrease
  • diminish
  • hinder
  • impede
  • lag
  • lessen
  • moderate
  • reduce
  • relax
  • retard
  • slacken
  • stall
  • temper
  • brake
  • check
  • choke
  • detain
  • handicap
  • loiter
  • mire
  • postpone
  • procrastinate
  • qualify
  • quiet
  • reef
  • regulate
  • stunt
  • anchor it
  • back-water
  • bog down
  • cut back
  • cut down
  • ease off
  • ease up
  • embog
  • hit the brakes
  • hold back
  • hold up
  • keep waiting
  • let down flaps
  • lose speed
  • lose steam
  • reduce speed
  • rein in
  • retardate
  • set back
  • wind down
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antonyms for reefing

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  • advance
  • agitate
  • aid
  • allow
  • assist
  • develop
  • encourage
  • enlarge
  • excite
  • expand
  • extend
  • facilitate
  • forward
  • further
  • grow
  • help
  • increase
  • lengthen
  • prolong
  • push
  • raise
  • strengthen
  • accelerate
  • do
  • expedite
  • liberate
  • release
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How to use reefing in a sentence

In reefing the mainsail is accessible, and the absence of the long boom of the cat-boat is readily appreciated.
YACHTING VOL. 2VARIOUS.
They were divided into two watches, and their places for making and taking in sail, reefing and tacking, were assigned to them.
DOWN THE RHINEOLIVER OPTIC
In the lull of the blast, the young commander overhauled the sail, and corrected the non-nautical reefing of his companion.
DOWN THE RHINEOLIVER OPTIC
The wind steadily increased, and before long Charley saw the necessity of reefing.
HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE, JUNE 21, 1881VARIOUS
Here again it was—down yard, haul out reef-tackles, and lay out upon the yard for reefing.
THE BEST OF THE WORLD'S CLASSICS, RESTRICTED TO PROSE, VOL. X (OF X) - AMERICA - II, INDEXVARIOUS
He was buttoned to the chin in a reefing-jacket of iron-gray Irish frieze.
THE CUP OF TREMBLING AND OTHER STORIESMARY HALLOCK FOOTE
The post of honour among seamen in reefing sails is the weather earing.
THE FERRYMAN OF BRILLWILLIAM H. G. KINGSTON
While he was fishing, the wind had hauled round to the northeast, and continued to freshen till it became a reefing breeze.
LITTLE BY LITTLEWILLIAM TAYLOR ADAMS
One of the men, as is the practice when reefing, was straddle legs on the yardarm, and had a turn of a rope round him.
THE SHELLBACK'S PROGRESSWALTER RUNCIMAN
But I had not reckoned upon the colossal task the reefing of three sails meant for one man.
THE SEA-WOLFJACK LONDON
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