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feazing

[fee-zing]
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noun Nautical.
  1. Often feazings. an unraveled portion at the end of a rope.

Origin of feazing

First recorded in 1815–25; feaze1 + -ing1

feaze1

[feez]
verb (used with object), feazed, feaz·ing. Nautical.
  1. to untwist (the end of a rope).

Origin of feaze1

1560–70; akin to Dutch vezelen to fray, Middle Dutch veze frayed edge, Old English fæs fringe
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Examples from the Web for feazing

Historical Examples

  • Nevertheless, far from feazing him, Challoner felt that in some subtle way the question fitted in with his scheme of things.

    The Red Mouse

    William Hamilton Osborne


British Dictionary definitions for feazing

feaze1

verb
  1. nautical to make or become unravelled or frayed

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from obsolete Dutch vese fringe, from Middle Dutch vese, veze fringe; related to Old English fæs

feaze2

verb, noun
  1. a variant of feeze, faze
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