One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of driving or travelling in a motor boat, especially as a sport or leisure pursuit.
2Electronics. Oscillation in an amplifier that is of such low frequency that individual cycles may be heard, giving a characteristic sound, and caused by feedback from the output to the input of earlier stages, often through a common voltage supply.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Oakland Tribune. From motor boat + -ing, after boating.
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