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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eking  \Ek"ing\,  n.  [From  {Eke},  v.  t.]  (Shipbuilding) 
  a  A  lengthening  or  filling  piece  to  make  good  a  deficiency 
  in  length. 
  b  The  carved  work  under  the  quarter  piece  at  the  aft  part 
  of  the  quarter  gallery.  [Written  also  {eiking}.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eke  \Eke\  ([=e]k),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Eked};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Eking}.]  [AS.  [=e]kan,  [=y]kan;  akin  to  OFries  [=a]ka,  OS 
  ?kian,  OHG.  ouhh[=o]n  to  add  Icel.  auka  to  increase,  Sw 
  ["o]ka,  Dan.  ["o]ge,  Goth.  aukan,  L.  augere  Skr.  ?jas 
  strength,  ugra  mighty,  and  probably  to  English  wax,  v.  i.  Cf 
  {Augment},  {Nickname}.] 
  To  increase;  to  add  to  to  augment;  --  now  commonly  used  with 
  out  the  notion  conveyed  being  to  add  to  or  piece  out  by  a 
  laborious,  inferior,  or  scanty  addition;  as  to  eke  out  a 
  scanty  supply  of  one  kind  with  some  other  ``To  eke  my 
  pain.''  --Spenser. 
 
  He  eked  out  by  his  wits  an  income  of  barely  fifty 
  pounds.  --Macaulay. 




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