thirling

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English thurlunge, from Old English þyrelung ‎(thirling, perforation), verbal noun of þyrelian ‎(to perforate), equivalent to thirl +‎ -ing.

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

thirling ‎(plural thirlings)

  1. The act of boring or perforating
  2. (coal-mining) Same as thirl
  3. (Northern England, mining) In lead-mining, a mark indicating the termination of a set or pitch

Etymology 2[edit]

From thirl.

Verb[edit]

thirling

  1. present participle of thirl