Earring vs. Earing

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Earring and Earing is that the Earring is a piece of jewelry worn on an ear and Earing is a a small line (rope) used to fasten the corner of a sail to a spar or yard.

  • Earring

    An earring is a piece of jewelry attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear (except in the case of clip earrings, which clip onto the lobe). Earrings are worn by both sexes, although more common among women, and have been used by different civilizations in different times.

    Locations for piercings other than the earlobe include the rook, tragus, and across the helix (see image at right). The simple term “ear piercing” usually refers to an earlobe piercing, whereas piercings in the upper part of the external ear are often referred to as “cartilage piercings”. Cartilage piercings are more complex to perform than earlobe piercings and take longer to heal.Earring components may be made of any number of materials, including metal, plastic, glass, precious stone, beads, wood, bone, and other materials. Designs range from small loops and studs to large plates and dangling items. The size is ultimately limited by the physical capacity of the earlobe to hold the earring without tearing. However, heavy earrings worn over extended periods of time may lead to stretching of the earlobe and the piercing.

  • Earing

    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.

  • Earring (noun)

    A piece of jewelry worn on the ear.

  • Earing (noun)

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

  • Earing (noun)

    A line for hauling the reef cringle to the yard; also called reef earing.

  • Earing (noun)

    A line fastening the corners of an awning to the rigging or stanchions.

  • Earing (noun)

    A ploughing of land.

  • Earring (noun)

    a piece of jewellery worn on the lobe or edge of the ear.

  • Earing (noun)

    The action of ploughing; (also) an instance of this, a ploughing.

  • Earing (noun)

    The coming into ear of a cereal crop.

  • Earing (noun)

    In earlier use: a loop in the corner of a sail through which a rope may be attached. Later: any of various small ropes threaded through such a loop in order to fasten the (upper) corner of a sail to the yard.

Oxford Dictionary

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