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Noun

  1. A line used to fasten the upper corners of a sail to the yard or gaff; also called head earing.

Extensive Definition

For the article of jewelry, see Earring.
In sailing, an earing is a small line (rope) used to fasten the corner of a sail to a spar or yard.
In the Age of Sail, a position at the Weather Earing (the earing at the windward side of the ship) was considered a place of honor for the topmen, and on a merchant ship was the position of the second mate during reefing.
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