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grommet

[grom-it]
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noun
  1. Machinery.
    1. any of various rings or eyelets of metal or the like.
    2. an insulated washer of rubber or plastic, inserted in a hole in a metal part to prevent grounding of a wire passing through the hole.
  2. Nautical.
    1. a ring or strop of fiber or wire; becket.
    2. a ring having a thickness of three strands, made by forming a loop of a single strand, then laying the ends around the loop.
    3. a ring of fiber used as a seal or gasket, as under the head of a bolt.
  3. a washer or packing for sealing joints between sections of pipe.
  4. Military. a stiff ring of rubber or metal inside the top of a service cap, designed to keep the top of the cap stretched flat.
  5. a metal-bound eyelet in cloth, sometimes used decoratively, as on a garment.
verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten with a grommet.
Also grummet.

Origin of grommet

First recorded in 1620–30, grommet is from the obsolete French word gromette curb of bridle < ?
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grommet

grummet

noun
  1. a ring of rubber or plastic or a metal eyelet designed to line a hole to prevent a cable or pipe passed through it from chafing
  2. a ring of rope hemp used to stuff the gland of a pipe joint
  3. med a small tube inserted into the eardrum in cases of glue ear in order to allow air to enter the middle ear
  4. Australian informal a young or inexperienced surfer

Word Origin

C15: from obsolete French gourmette chain linking the ends of a bit, from gourmer bridle, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for grommet

n.

1620s, "ring or wreath of rope," from obsolete French gromette "curb of a bridle" (Modern French gourmette), from gourmer "to curb," of uncertain origin. Extended sense of "metal eyelet" first recorded 1769.

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