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 har·pin [hahr-pin] /ˈhɑr pɪn/, harp·ins [hahr-pinz] /ˈhɑr pɪnz/.

Origin of harping

1620–30; perhaps harp + -ing1
Related formsun·harp·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for harpings

Historical Examples of harpings

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for harpings


harpins (ˈhɑːpɪnz)

pl n

nautical wooden members used for strengthening the bow of a vessel
shipbuilding wooden supports used in construction

Word Origin for harpings

C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron
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