Keep"ing, n.

1.

A holding; restraint; custody; guard; charge; care; preservation.

His happiness is in his own keeping. South.

2.

Maintenance; support; provision; feed; as, the cattle have good keeping.

The work of many hands, which earns my keeping. Milton.

3.

Conformity; congruity; harmony; consistency; as, these subjects are in keeping with each other.

4. Paint.

Harmony or correspondence between the different parts of a work of art; as, the foreground of this painting is not in keeping.

Keeping room, a family sitting room. [New Eng. & Prov. Eng.]

Syn. -- Care; guardianship; custody; possession.

 

© Webster 1913.

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