earing


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ear·ing

 (îr′ĭng)
n. Nautical
A short line attaching an upper corner of a sail to the yard.

[Perhaps from ear.]

earing

(ˈɪərɪŋ)
n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a line fastened to a corner of a sail for reefing
[C17: from ear1 + -ing1 or perhaps ring1]

ear•ing

(ˈɪər ɪŋ)

n.
a rope with a cringle, used for bending a corner of a sail to a yard, boom, or gaff or for reefing a sail.
[1620–30]