- 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 har·pin [hahr-pin] /ˈhɑr pɪn/, harp·ins [hahr-pinz] /ˈhɑr pɪnz/.
Origin of harping
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Examples from the Web for harpings
Harpings in the bow of a vessel are decried as rendering the ship uneasy.
Diagonals are the several lines on the draughts, delineating the station of the harpings and ribs, to form the body by.
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
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
- nautical wooden members used for strengthening the bow of a vessel
- shipbuilding wooden supports used in construction
C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron
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