What is a reef?

Abstractly, the word "reef" is clear to everyone. But what is a reef in explanatory dictionaries and how is it translated? In translation from the Dutch language "rif" (pronounced as the Russian "reef") is an edge.

The meanings of the word "reef"

  1. According to the explanatory dictionaries of Dahl, Ozhegov, Ushakovand the Ephraim Reef is an extended series of submarine rocks or rocks that protrude above or at sea level (rocks), which is dangerous for navigation. There is a wide variety of reefs. Basically, they are divided into biotic and fossil (also there are artificial) reefs. The first include coral - just the ones that are most often referred to.
  2. The same Dahl, Ozhegov and Efremova give the secondthe meaning of the word is a transverse row of holes or loops on the sail that serve to reduce the working area of ​​the sail in strong winds. It is used on yachts, sailboats and other vessels of today.

"Take reefs," "reduce reefs," etc., are expressions related just to make sails or to reduce them.

As you can see, both interpretations of the word refer to navigation. However, reefs are often used by travel companies as ornaments of sea resorts: they can be swim with scuba diving.

See the interpretation of other words in the Definitions section.

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