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Etymology 1[edit]



  1. present participle of sue

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare French suer (to sweat).


suing (countable and uncountable, plural suings)

  1. The act of one who sues for something.
    • Edward Bulwer Lytton
      [] her husband's increased and more frequent storms of passion, unfollowed by any halcyon and honeymoon suings for forgiveness []
  2. (obsolete) The process of soaking through anything.
    • Francis Bacon
      In this instance, there is, upon the by, to be noted, the percolation or suing of the verjuice through the wood; for verjuice of itself would never have passed through the wood: so as, it seemeth, it must be first in a kind of vapour, before it pass.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for suing in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)