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A small rope used to fasten the upper corners of a square sail to its yard. The outer turns of the earings, after being passed through the head cringles on the sail, are then passed beyond the lifts and rigging on the yardarm and are designed to stretch the head of the sail tight along the yard, while the remaining turns, known as inner turns, draw the sail close up to the yard and are passed within the lifts. Below the earings are the reef earings, by which the reef cringles are similarly made fast to the yard when the sail is reefed.


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