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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for harpings
Historical Examples
  • harpings in the bow of a vessel are decried as rendering the ship uneasy.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Diagonals are the several lines on the draughts, delineating the station of the harpings and ribs, to form the body by.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • My harpings all die in the air, and leave me but a scanty purse, poor clothing, and no roof over my head.

    Zigzag Journeys in Europe Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Let her be contented with her Grimods and oysters, and leave Julia to listen to the harpings of Apollo in peace.

  • Trumpetings and harpings and angry shouts were answering from a throng of Britons gathering along the shore.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • The Hall of Cynddylan is voiceless and still, The sound of its harpings hath died on the hill!

    The Poetry of Wales John Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for harpings


plural noun
(nautical) wooden members used for strengthening the bow of a vessel
(shipbuilding) wooden supports used in construction
Word Origin
C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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