surface reef

/ˈsɜfəs rif/ (say 'serfuhs reef)

noun
(in mining) a reef outcropping on the surface, or a reef covered only by shallow soil.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Reef — (r[=e]f), n. [Akin to D. rif, G. riff, Icel. rif, Dan. rev; cf. Icel. rifa rift, rent, fissure, rifa to rive, bear. Cf. {Rift}, {Rive}.] 1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water. See {Coral reefs}, under {Coral}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reef builder — Reef Reef (r[=e]f), n. [Akin to D. rif, G. riff, Icel. rif, Dan. rev; cf. Icel. rifa rift, rent, fissure, rifa to rive, bear. Cf. {Rift}, {Rive}.] 1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water. See {Coral reefs}, under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reef heron — Reef Reef (r[=e]f), n. [Akin to D. rif, G. riff, Icel. rif, Dan. rev; cf. Icel. rifa rift, rent, fissure, rifa to rive, bear. Cf. {Rift}, {Rive}.] 1. A chain or range of rocks lying at or near the surface of the water. See {Coral reefs}, under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reef — [ rif ] noun count * a long line of rock or CORAL in the sea, with its top just below or just above the surface …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • reef — ► NOUN 1) a ridge of jagged rock or coral just above or below the surface of the sea. 2) a vein of gold or other ore. ORIGIN Old Norse, rib …   English terms dictionary

  • reef — reef1 [rēf] n. [prob. via Du or MLowG rif < ON, lit., RIB] 1. a line or ridge of rock, coral, or sand lying at or near the surface of the water 2. Mining a bed or vein of ore; lode SYN. SHOAL2 reef2 [rēf] n. [ …   English World dictionary

  • Reef aquarium — See also: Marine aquarium Reef aquarium in Monaco A reef aquarium or reef tank is an marine aquarium that prominently displays live corals and other marine invertebrates as well as fish that play a role in maintaining the coral reef environment.… …   Wikipedia

  • reef — 1. n. 1 a ridge of rock or coral etc. at or near the surface of the sea. 2 a a lode of ore. b the bedrock surrounding this. Etymology: earlier riff(e) f. MDu., MLG rif, ref, f. ON rif RIB 2. n. & v. Naut. n. each of several strips across a sail,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Reef — In nautical terminology, a reef is a rock, sandbar, or other feature lying beneath the surface of the water (six fathoms or less at low water).Many reefs result from abiotic processes deposition of sand, wave erosion planning down rock outcrops,… …   Wikipedia

  • Reef knot — Knot details name=Reef knot names=Square knot (from its appearance) type=binding origin=Ancient related=Thief knot, granny knot, grief knot releasing=Jamming strength=48% caveat=Not secure as a bend. Spills easily if one of the free ends is… …   Wikipedia

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