nounrare, archaic, dialect
The action of ploughing; (also) an instance of this, a ploughing.
Old English; earliest use found in Antwerp-London Glossary. From ear + -ing.
The coming into ear of a cereal crop.
Mid 16th century. From ear + -ing.
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.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Smith. Either (i) from ear + ring.