- 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 harpin
This evil giant, whom may God confound, is named Harpin of the Mountain.Four Arthurian Romances
Harpin appeared to be putting the last snipping touches to the Colonel's too-long neglected side-whiskers.
Before him was planted Potts, his left foot advanced, his head thrown back, reading to Harpin from a spread page of the Argus.
Harpin Cust now leaned, gracefully attentive, on the back of the empty chair, absently swishing his little whisk broom.