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noun Nautical.
  1. a rope attached to a cringle and used for bending a corner of a sail to a yard, boom, or gaff or for reefing a sail.

Origin of earing

First recorded in 1620–30; ear1 + -ing1

ear2

[eer]
noun
  1. the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.
verb (used without object)
  1. to form or put forth ears.

Origin of ear2

before 900; Middle English ere, Old English ēar, æhher; cognate with German Ahre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus husk

ear3

[eer]
verb (used with object) British Dialect.
  1. to plow; cultivate.

Origin of ear3

before 900; Middle English ere(n), Old English erian; cognate with Old Norse erja, Gothic arjan, Latin arāre
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Examples from the Web for earing

Historical Examples

  • In vain he tried to clutch the earing; it slipped through his fingers.

    The Three Midshipmen

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • And yet, Earing, with all this press of canvas, by the compass we have not left her a foot.

    The Red Rover

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Their first month was called Abib, from the earing of Corn in that month.

  • That's it—he was afraid of my 'earing things that mightn't be wholesome for me to know.

    With Edged Tools

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • For the sheet must be hauled right in, and cannot be eased while the earing is being made fast.


British Dictionary definitions for earing

earing

noun
  1. nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing

Word Origin

C17: from ear 1 + -ing 1 or perhaps ring 1

ear1

noun
  1. the organ of hearing and balance in higher vertebrates and of balance only in fishes. In man and other mammals it consists of three partsSee external ear, middle ear, internal ear Related adjectives: aural, otic
  2. the outermost cartilaginous part of the ear (pinna) in mammals, esp man
  3. the sense of hearing
  4. sensitivity to musical sounds, poetic diction, etche has an ear for music
  5. attention, esp favourable attention; consideration; heed (esp in the phrases give ear to, lend an ear)
  6. an object resembling the external ear in shape or position, such as a handle on a jug
  7. Also called (esp Brit): earpiece a display box at the head of a newspaper page, esp the front page, for advertisements, etc
  8. all ears very attentive; listening carefully
  9. by ear without reading from written music
  10. chew someone's ear slang to reprimand severely
  11. fall on deaf ears to be ignored or pass unnoticed
  12. have hard ears Caribbean to be stubbornly disobedient
  13. a flea in one's ear informal a sharp rebuke
  14. have the ear of to be in a position to influencehe has the ear of the president
  15. in one ear and out the other heard but unheeded
  16. keep one's ear to the ground or have one's ear to the ground to be or try to be well informed about current trends and opinions
  17. make a pig's ear of informal to ruin disastrously
  18. one's ears are burning one is aware of being the topic of another's conversation
  19. out on one's ear informal dismissed unceremoniously
  20. play by ear
    1. to act according to the demands of a situation rather than to a plan; improvise
    2. to perform a musical piece on an instrument without written music
  21. prick up one's ears to start to listen attentively; become interested
  22. set by the ears to cause disagreement or commotion
  23. a thick ear informal a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc
  24. turn a deaf ear to be deliberately unresponsive
  25. up to one's ears informal deeply involved, as in work or debt
  26. wet behind the ears informal inexperienced; naive; immature
Derived Formsearless, adjectiveearlike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English ēare; related to Old Norse eyra, Old High German ōra, Gothic ausō, Greek ous, Latin auris

ear2

noun
  1. the part of a cereal plant, such as wheat or barley, that contains the seeds, grains, or kernels
verb
  1. (intr) (of cereal plants) to develop such parts

Word Origin

Old English ēar; related to Old High German ahar, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs ear, Latin acus chaff, Greek akros pointed
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Word Origin and History for earing

ear

n.1

"organ of hearing," Old English eare "ear," from Proto-Germanic *auzon (cf. Old Norse eyra, Danish øre, Old Frisian are, Old Saxon ore, Middle Dutch ore, Dutch oor, Old High German ora, German Ohr, Gothic auso), from PIE *ous- with a sense of "perception" (cf. Greek aus, Latin auris, Lithuanian ausis, Old Church Slavonic ucho, Old Irish au "ear," Avestan usi "the two ears").

The belief that itching or burning ears means someone is talking about you is mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History" (77 C.E.). Until at least the 1880s, even some medical men still believed piercing the ear lobes improved one's eyesight. Meaning "handle of a pitcher" is mid-15c. (but cf. Old English earde "having a handle"). To be wet behind the ears "naive" is implied from 1914. Phrase walls have ears attested from 1610s. Ear-bash (v.) is Australian slang (1944) for "to talk inordinately" (to someone).

ear

n.2

"grain part of corn," from Old English ear (West Saxon), æher (Northumbrian) "spike, ear of grain," from Proto-Germanic *akhaz (genitive *akhizaz; cf. Dutch aar, Old High German ehir, German Ähre, Old Norse ax, Gothic ahs "ear of corn"), from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. Latin acus "husk of corn," Greek akoste "barley;" see acrid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

earing in Medicine

ear

(îr)
n.
  1. The organ of hearing, responsible for maintaining equilibrium as well as sensing sound and divided into the external ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.
  2. The part of this organ that is externally visible.
  3. The sense of hearing.
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earing in Science

ear1

[îr]
  1. The vertebrate organ of hearing, which in mammals is usually composed of three parts: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. The organs of balance are also located in the ear.
  2. An invertebrate organ analogous to the vertebrate ear.

ear2

[îr]
  1. The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn or wheat.
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earing in Culture

ear

The organ of hearing, which also plays a role in maintaining balance. It is divided into the outer ear (from the outside to the eardrum), the middle ear, and the inner ear.

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Idioms and Phrases with earing

ear

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