a small rope passed through a cringle and used to attach the corner of a sail to a yard, gaff, or boom or to reef a sail
Origin of earingfrom ear, sense
A short line attaching an upper corner of a sail to the yard.
Origin of earingPerhaps from ear 1
- (nautical) A line used to fasten the upper corners of a sail to the yard or gaff; also called head earing.
- (nautical) A line for hauling the reef cringle to the yard; also called reef earing.
- (nautical) A line fastening the corners of an awning to the rigging or stanchions.
- (archaic) A ploughing of land.