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n. Nautical
A short line attaching an upper corner of a sail to the yard.

[Perhaps from ear.]
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(Nautical Terms) nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
[C17: from ear1 + -ing1 or perhaps ring1]
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(ˈɪər ɪŋ)

a rope with a cringle, used for bending a corner of a sail to a yard, boom, or gaff or for reefing a sail.
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Captain Swosser used to say of me that I was always better than land a-head and a breeze a-starn to the midshipmen's mess when the purser's junk had become as tough as the fore-topsel weather earings. It was his naval way of mentioning generally that I was an acquisition to any society.
Wall Street's strorng run last week, which saw record high closes on Friday from the Dow at 27,332, the S&P 500 at 3,013.77 and the NASDAQ at 8,244.145 will be put to the test as earings season ramps up this week.
Aliaa Bhatt arrived at the event in a pink saree and dazzling earings.
The company said the earings results reflect the aforementioned unfavorable impact of additional tax expense recorded in the fiscal year.
Sunglasses, PS14, River Island 3 RUFF GUIDE These delicate earings in soft pink add a touch of detail.
A number of people come from smaller cities to Peshawar to make quick earings. 'I came from Nowshera to Peshawar due to high profits here,' said Zardali Khan, a knife sharpener of Pabbi.
Pair your pink tops withA[degrees] white trousers or skirts and add an element of elegance with fancy white earings or bracelets to complete the cool statement.
This marks a decrease in earings when compared to a lower net loss of USD8.6m (USD0.39 per common share) for Q3 2014.
Many shopkeepers have set up colourful stalls in the main markets like Minara Market, Ghareeb Abad bazaar, Shahi bazaar, Moti Gali, Chamta Gali and others offering different kinds of henna besides, cosmetics, earings, gleaming bangles, embroidered clothes, jewellery, handbags, shoes and colourful dresses.
According to the shop owners at different markets, the artificial jewellery specially rings, earings, bracelets and chains are in now a days because firstly they are weightless and secondly they are affordable, therefore the sale of artificial jewellery continues throughout the year.
- The look was completed with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels, Paul Morelli ring and earings, and a pinky ring from Jacob.