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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How to use earing in a sentence
The post of honour among seamen in reefing sails is the weather earing.The Ferryman of Brill | William H. G. Kingston
The serang himself lay out on the weather yard-arm, and I saw him, earing in hand, working away actively with the rest.In the Eastern Seas | W.H.G. Kingston
Whatever I may find necessary to order, Mr earing, this ship's company will find it necessary to execute.
earing faced his Commander in silence, perfectly conscious that nothing he could utter contained an argument like this.
It would have exceeded the peaceful and submissive temperament of the honest earing, to have delayed any longer.
British Dictionary definitions for earing
nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
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