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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Giv·ing n.
 1. The act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.
 2. A gift; a benefaction. [R.]
 3. The act of softening, breaking, or yielding. “Upon the first giving of the weather.”
 Giving in, a falling inwards; a collapse.
 Giving out, anything uttered or asserted; an outgiving.
 His givings out were of an infinite distance
 From his true meant design.   --Shak.