Reef vs Self - What's the difference?

reef | self |

As a noun reef

is hoop (metal band on a barrel).

As a proper noun self is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) ref, hreof, from (etyl) . Compare (l), (l).

Alternative forms

* (l), (l) (Scotland)


  • Scabby; scurvy.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The itch; any eruptive skin disorder.
  • Dandruff.
  • Etymology 2

    From earlier riff, from (etyl) rif, from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (wikipedia reef) (en noun)
  • A chain or range of rocks, sand, or coral lying at or near the surface of the water.
  • (Australia, South Africa) A large vein of auriferous quartz; hence, any body of rock yielding valuable ore.
  • (nautical) A portion of a sail rolled and tied down to lessen the area exposed in a high wind.
  • A reef knot.
  • Derived terms
    * coral reef * close reef * reef band * reef knot * reef line * reef points * reef rash * reef tackle * take a reef in


  • (nautical) To take in part of a sail in order to adapt the size of the sail to the force of the wind.
  • * 1970' July–December, Margaret Quilty, ''Roller '''Reefing Made Easy'', '' , page 63,
  • Be sure the blocks are securely mounted—they carry a fairish load when the sail is reefed .
    If both reefing line and main halyard are led to the cockpit, even singlehanded reefing is a breeze.
  • * 1995 , David Seidman, The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing , page 104,
  • Mains are made smaller by reefing . This can be done by rolling up the sail around the boom, or by the more traditional method of tying down a panel along the foot.
  • * 2004 , Charlie Wing, How Boat Things Work , page 108,
  • The reefing system for a mainsail must be designed to operate efficiently under adverse conditions and to provide proper sail shape when reefed .
  • (Australian) To pull or yank strongly.
  • * 1986 , Jan Wositzky, Me and Phar Lap: The Remarkable Life of Tommy Woodcock , 2011, page 49,
  • And when the Cup came on he stirred them up ?round the barrier and he flew out of the barrier and he pulled and reefed' and pulled and ' reefed and Lewis didn?t let him settle down until about three furlongs from home and when he did settle the horse was all out of stride and he went back through the field a fair bit.
  • * 1994 , Herb Wharton, Cattle Camp: Murrie Drovers and Their Stories , 2010, page 73,
  • Alf told me that one young white stockman, eager to impress the girls, went outside and mounted his horse, then began showing off his prowess, racing past the pub, wheeling and reefing his horse up and down the street, yackeyeing and whooping, flogging his horse with a battered old hat and always turning towards the pub to see if the girls were watching these feats of horsemanship.
  • * 2007 , Marion Houldsworth, Maybe It?ll Rain Tomorrow , 2012, page 104,
  • head stockman would say ‘Cut one out but take him at a walk.? And if you could get that beast out without reefing your horse around, the head stockman – he?d be a pretty cluey old coot - he?s watching that horse?s ears more than what you were doing.
  • (nautical, of paddles) To move the floats of a paddle wheel toward its center so that they will not dip so deeply.
  • Reef the paddles.


    * fere * free



    (wikipedia self)


    (English Pronouns)
  • (obsolete) Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).
  • This argument was put forward by the defendant self .
  • Myself.
  • I made out a cheque, payable to self , which cheered me up somewhat.


  • The subject of one's own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts.
  • *
  • *:Thanks to that penny he had just spent so recklessly [on a newspaper] he would pass a happy hour, taken, for once, out of his anxious, despondent, miserable self . It irritated him shrewdly to know that these moments of respite from carking care would not be shared with his poor wife, with careworn, troubled Ellen.
  • An individual person as the object of his own reflective consciousness (plural selves).
  • * (1788-1856)
  • *:The self , the I, is recognized in every act of intelligence as the subject to which that act belongs. It is I that perceive, I that imagine, I that remember, I that attend, I that compare, I that feel, I that will, I that am conscious.
  • *, chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The preposterous altruism too!
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • (lb) A seedling produced by self-pollination (plural selfs).
  • Derived terms

    * selfie

    See also

    * self- * person * I * ego


    (en verb)
  • (botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.
  • (botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.
  • Antonyms

    * outcross


  • (obsolete) same
  • * 1605 , William Shakespeare, King Lear , I.i:
  • I am made of that self mettle as my sister.
  • * Sir Walter Raleigh
  • on these self hills
  • * Dryden
  • At that self moment enters Palamon.