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, harpin [hahr-pin] , harpins [hahr-pinz] .

1620–30; perhaps harp + -ing1

unharping, adjective
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harpings or harpins (ˈhɑːpɪŋz, ˈhɑːpɪnz)
pl n
1.  nautical wooden members used for strengthening the bow of a vessel
2.  shipbuilding wooden supports used in construction
[C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron]
harpins or harpins
pl n
[C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hearpe, from P.Gmc. *kharpon- (cf. O.N. harpa, Du. harp, O.H.G. harpfa). L.L. harpa, source of words in some Romanic languages, is a borrowing from P.Gmc. The verb is O.E. hearpian. Figurative sense of "talk overmuch about" first recorded 1510s, originally to harp upon one string. Related: Harped;
harping. The harp seal (1784) is so called for the harp-shaped markings on its back.
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harp definition

An instrument in the string section of the orchestra. The orchestral harp is several feet tall and has pedals that allow the harpist to change the key of the instrument as necessary.

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