from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Nautical, in fore-and-aft sails, a rope through a sheave-hole in the boom, with a tackle attached, to haul the after-leech down to the boom while reefing; in square sails, a rope fastened to the leech of the sail and rove up through the yard-arm, having a purchase hooked to the upper end, to serve as a reef-tackle.
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Taking a reef-pendant from under the seat, he proceeded to tie the hands of the late skipper behind him.
All Adrift or The Goldwing Club Oliver Optic 1859
Led by the mate, the men sprung aft, the points were soon cast off, and the reef-pendant eased off.
The Pirate of the Mediterranean A Tale of the Sea William Henry Giles Kingston 1847
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