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[kring-guh l] /ˈkrɪŋ gəl/
noun, Nautical.
an eye or grommet formed on the boltrope of a sail to permit the attachment of lines.
Origin of cringle
1620-30; < Low German kringel, equivalent to kring circle + -el diminutive suffix; cognate with Middle English Cringle (in place-names), Old Norse kringla circle Unabridged
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  • In close reefing, pass your earing under the yard, up abaft and over, and down through the cringle.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • cringle—An eye worked in the bolt rope of a sail for a small line to pass through.

    On Yacht Sailing Thomas Fleming Day
  • Aaron looked at me with one of his quizzical grins; "cringle, my darling, do you keep these Logs still?"

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • cringle, kring′gl, n. a small piece of rope worked into the bolt-rope of a sail, and containing a metal ring or thimble.

  • But just at this instant, jack strikes out, with "cringle, order me a tumbler—something hot—I don't care what it is."

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • At length this said officer addressed me, "Captain cringle, do me the honour to take wine."

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • So did we, and, further, ran a line from the cringle in her foresail to the weather rigging.

    The Seiners James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • This is placed on the upper side of the gaff, to pass the outer earing round from the cringle.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A rope rove through the cringle of a sail, for hauling in, so as to lace on a bonnet.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Beg pardon Mr. Splinter, but if you will spare Mr. cringle on the forecastle an hour, until the moon rises.

British Dictionary definitions for cringle


an eye at the edge of a sail, usually formed from a thimble or grommet
Word Origin
C17: from Low German Kringel small ring1; see crank1, crinkle
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