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  1. present participle of mistake


mistaking (plural mistakings)

  1. (obsolete) A mistake.
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2,[1]
      I prithee,
      Remember, I have done thee worthy service;
      Told thee no lies, made thee no mistakings, served
      Without grudge or grumblings: []
    • 1634, Gervase Markham, The Art of Archerie, London: Ben Fisher, Chapter 7, p. 52,[2]
      Now, that you may escape general mistaking in the election of your Bow, I will giue you some Rules and Notions, which if you forget not, shall preuent many mistakings.
    • 1689, John Selden, Table-Talk, London: Jacob Tonson, 1696, “Truth,” p. 177,[3]
      The way to find out the Truth is by others mistakings: For if I was to go to such a place, and one had gone before me on the Right-hand, and he was out; another had gone on the Left-hand, and he was out; this would direct me to keep the middle way, that peradventure would bring me to the place I desir’d to go.