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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Ringing, -yng, vbl. n.1 Also: ryngin. [Ring v.1] a. Something in the form of a ring, as a metal band made to fit round an object, or, coll., a set of rings as a means of suspension or guidance. 1490 Lanark B. Rec. 7.
For a ledyn [pr. lodyn] stan and the ryngin, iij s.
1503 Treas. Acc. II 219.
For xiij girthis, tua ourelaris, i pair double sterap ledderis, quhilk wer covirit with satin crammesy, tagging, ringyng, bukkylling, and mending of brokin sadilles

b. The action of furnishing (a saddle) with rings (cf. a above), or a wheel with a (metal) rim. 1504 Treas. Acc. II 438.
For ane new pannall to the quenis bottail sadill, tagging, bukkilling, and ringing of the samyn
1695 Foulis Acc. Bk. 184.
To Ja. Gourlay wright for ringing a hinder wheel to the coatch

c. = Ringis, s.v. Ring n.1 5. Cf. Ring bere, etc. 1699 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 8 May.
The milners … have in use and custome, to tak the ringing of the milnes to themselves, which tends to the great loss … of the persons grinding at the milnes

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