[kring-guh l]

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cringle

Historical Examples of cringle

  • 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

    Michael Scott

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cringle



an eye at the edge of a sail, usually formed from a thimble or grommet

Word Origin for cringle

C17: from Low German Kringel small ring 1; see crank 1, crinkle
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