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harping

[hahr-ping] /ˈhɑr pɪŋ/
noun, Shipbuilding.
1.
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] /ˈhɑr pɪn/ (Show IPA),
harpins
[hahr-pinz] /ˈhɑr pɪnz/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of harping
1620-1630
1620-30; perhaps harp + -ing1
Related forms
unharping, adjective
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Examples from the Web for harpings
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  • Let her be contented with her Grimods and oysters, and leave Julia to listen to the harpings of Apollo in peace.

  • harpings in the bow of a vessel are decried as rendering the ship uneasy.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The Hall of Cynddylan is voiceless and still, The sound of its harpings hath died on the hill!

    The Poetry of Wales John Jenkins
  • 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
  • Trumpetings and harpings and angry shouts were answering from a throng of Britons gathering along the shore.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for harpings

harpings

/ˈhɑːpɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(nautical) wooden members used for strengthening the bow of a vessel
2.
(shipbuilding) wooden supports used in construction
Word Origin
C17: perhaps related to French harpe cramp iron
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