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A small ring or grommet of rope or metal fastened to the edge of a sail.

[Low German kringel, diminutive of kring, ring, from Middle Low German.]
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(Nautical Terms) an eye at the edge of a sail, usually formed from a thimble or grommet
[C17: from Low German Kringel small ring1; see crank1, crinkle]
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(ˈkrɪŋ gəl)

an eye or grommet on the boltrope of a sail to which a line is attached.
[1620–30; < Low German kringel=kring circle + -el diminutive suffix; c. Middle English Cringle (in place names), Old Norse kringla circle]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cringle - fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or linescringle - fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
fastening, holdfast, fastener, fixing - restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
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References in classic literature ?
"Lower till that rope-loop - on the after-leach - kris - no, it's cringle - till the cringle was down on the boom.
The former Oasis singer was filming a video for new track One of Us in Cringle Park, Burnage, near to where he grew up.
Jack Cringle, aged three, from Bromborough, was the first to try out the new car when he underwent an operation to have his tonsils and adenoids removed at Arrowe Park Hospital.
LONDON SCOTTISH: Ingall; Stevenson, Griffiths, Veratau, Fowlie; Jennings, Barton; Harris, Harding, Cringle; Uanivi, Tyas; Eliet, Wynne, Bright.
The Manchester director of private banking at Arbuthnot Latham, Nick Cringle, has been appointed to the position.
Hambleton's country walkers can now benefit from a new 'woodland' community initiative by The Rotary Club of Stokesley and Ian Smith of Cringle Moor House.
United lost to Charlton Upbeats but Gary Cringle was voted the goalkeeper of the tournament.
London Scottish: B Rath (T Galbraith 70); C Holland, A Coombes, P Kelly, J Harries; P Lydon, E Hoadley (H Fraser 56); J Harris, C Fenton, E McQuillin (P Cringle 59), R Bartle (capt), D McGeekie, M Marley, J Atkinson, A Miller.
Recent Special Olympics Gateshead competition highlights include Gary Cringle from Birtley playing six matches as a goalkeeper for Newcastle United's Down Syndrome team and cyclists winning 10 medals at the Special Olympics National Cycling Championships in Greater Manchester in June this year.
Replacements: Isaac Miller, Cameron Fenton, Phil Cringle, Glen Young, Neil Irvine-Hess, Sean Yacoubian, George Horne, Angus Rennie.