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[hahr-ping] /ˈhɑr pɪŋ/
noun, Shipbuilding.
any of several horizontal members at the ends of a vessel for holding cant frames in position until the shell planking or plating is attached.
Also, harpin
[hahr-pin] /ˈhɑr pɪn/ (Show IPA),
[hahr-pinz] /ˈhɑr pɪnz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of harping
1620-30; perhaps harp + -ing1
Related forms
unharping, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This evil giant, whom may God confound, is named harpin of the Mountain.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • harpin appeared to be putting the last snipping touches to the Colonel's too-long neglected side-whiskers.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • harpin Cust now leaned, gracefully attentive, on the back of the empty chair, absently swishing his little whisk broom.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Before him was planted Potts, his left foot advanced, his head thrown back, reading to harpin from a spread page of the Argus.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson

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