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earing

[ eer-ing ]
/ ˈɪər ɪŋ /
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noun Nautical.

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.

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Origin of earing

First recorded in 1620–30; ear1 + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for earing

earing
/ (ˈɪərɪŋ) /

noun

nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
C17: from ear 1 + -ing 1 or perhaps ring 1
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