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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
1620-1630
1620-30; perhaps harp + -ing1
Related forms
unharping, adjective
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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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