earing

(noun)

noun

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

2. (nautical) A line for hauling the reef cringle to the yard; also called reef earing.

3. (nautical) A line fastening the corners of an awning to the rigging or stanchions.

4. (archaic) A ploughing of land.