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