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reef

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Related topics: Geography, Nature
reefreef1 /riːf/ noun [countable]  SGDNa line of sharp rocks, often made of coral, or a raised area of sand near the surface of the sea a proposal to protect several miles of thousand-year-old coral reef
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reefthe Great Barrier ReefWhere does the synthetic coral reef end and the chanting wave machine begin?They look as although they belong in a warm and sunny tropical coral reef rather than the dark and cold abyss.Large shoals may be found on quite shallow reefs or close to the walls of steep drop-offs beyond the protecting reef.Have you ever seen an ocean wave pass over a submerged reef?Like most of the true crabs they can be very destructive in the reef tank.It was near the ocean and Heather could hear the waves crashing on the reef from where she lay in the bed.For a moment Trent thought of letting the whole damn lot of them go up on the reef.coral reefIf the system started to drift away from the requirements of a coral reef, Gomez would flush the trays.This is true whether you are in a desert or a forest or swimming on a coral reef.Marine scientists were pretty sure a coral reef, like any complex ecosystem, must be assembled in the correct order.Many of them were the tops of volcanoes poking out of the ocean, and most were surrounded by deadly coral reefs.The cities of Stalinvast were more like coral reefs looming above a sea of hostile jungle.Daly suggests that before the first interglacial period there were no coral reefs in the modern sense, which is disputable.To seaward, bright tropical fish dance in the coral reefs.
Related topics: Water
reefreef2 (also reef in) verb [transitive] technical  TTWto tie up part of a sail in order to make it smaller
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reef
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyreef
he, she, itreefs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyreefed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave reefed
he, she, ithas reefed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad reefed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill reef
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have reefed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam reefing
he, she, itis reefing
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you, we, theyare reefing
Past
I, he, she, itwas reefing
you, we, theywere reefing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been reefing
he, she, ithas been reefing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been reefing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be reefing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been reefing
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