- 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
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Cringle—An eye worked in the bolt rope of a sail for a small line to pass through.On Yacht Sailing
Thomas Fleming Day
Cringle, kring′gl, n. a small piece of rope worked into the bolt-rope of a sail, and containing a metal ring or thimble.
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
At length this said officer addressed me, "Captain Cringle, do me the honour to take wine."Tom Cringle's Log
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
- an eye at the edge of a sail, usually formed from a thimble or grommet
C17: from Low German Kringel small ring 1; see crank 1, crinkle
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