harpin

noun harp·in \ ˈhärpə̇n \
variants: or less commonly harping \-piŋ\

Definition of harpin

plural -s
1 archaic :a wale around a ship's bow stouter than the rest of the strakes
2 :one of the timbers used during construction of a ship to regulate and hold in place the cant frames

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of harpin

probably from 1harp + -ing


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up harpin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!