AskDefine | Define cringle

Dictionary Definition

cringle n : fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines [syn: eyelet, loop, grommet, grummet]

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  1. A short piece of rope, arranged as a grommet around a metal ring, used to attach tackle to a sail etc.

Extensive Definition

A cringle is an eye through which to pass a rope. In nautical settings, the word refers to a small hole anywhere along the edge or in the corner of a sail, rimmed with stranded cordage and worked into the boltrope. Typically it encloses a metal grommet for reinforcement and to reduce wear. In this context, cringle and grommet coincide enough that the two are sometimes used interchangeably.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

air hole, armhole, blowhole, boltrope, bullet-hole, bunghole, canvas, clew, cloth, crowd of sail, deadeye, earing, eye, eyelet, foot, fore-and-aft sail, gasket, grommet, guide, head, keyhole, knothole, leech, loop, loophole, luff, manhole, mousehole, muslin, peephole, pigeonhole, pinhole, placket, placket hole, plain sail, porthole, press of sail, punch-hole, rag, reduced sail, reef point, reefed sail, sail, spiracle, square sail, tap, vent, venthole
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