• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Balancereef (Naut) The last reef in a fore-and-aft sail, taken to steady the ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n balancereef Nautical, a reef-band crossing a sail diagonally. A balance-reef is generally placed in all gaff-sails, the band running from the throat to the clew. Either the upper or the lower half of the sail may be reefed.
    • balancereef To close-reef; take in all the reefs.
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