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EARINGS to ENGAGEMENT
EARINGS
EASE the ship!
To EASE off, or EASE away
EBB
EDDY
To EDGE away
ELBOW in the hawse
EMBARGO
EMBAYED, from bay
ENGAGEMENT

ENGAGEMENT to ENGAGEMENT

ENSIGN to EXERCISE

EXERCISE to EYES of a ship


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EARINGS to ENGAGEMENT

EARINGS

EARINGS, (rabans, Fr.) certain small cords employed to fasten the upper corners of a sail to it's respective yard; for which purpose one end of the earing is spliced to the cringle, fixed in that part of the sail; and the other end of it is passed six or seven times round the yard-arm and through the cringle, thereby fastening the latter to the former. Two of the turns are intended to stretch the upper-edge of the sail tight along the yard; and the rest to draw it close up to it. The former are therefore called outer, and the latter inner turns, as being passed without, or within the rigging, on the yard-arms.


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