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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • Haul well out, and take a round-turn with the earing round the cringle.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
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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