Sometimes a grommet, or ring of cordage, is worked upon the spear near one end, to prevent the hand slipping when making a thrust.
An awful thing hung there on the edge of the grommet of light.
grommet—a rope ring used as a wad to hold a cannonball in place in the bore.
When the housing-bolt is an eye-bolt, a toggle will be necessary to keep the grommet in its place.
Placing a grommet or other wad over elongated projectiles is positively prohibited.
Where the housing-bolt is an eye-bolt, the grommet is secured to it by means of a toggle which has a lanyard.
With the grommet punch make holes through the canvas just below the broomstick and secure with the grommets.
The blocks are fitted round the gaff with grommet straps, and are kept in their places by cleats.
The grommet is formed of a single strand of rope five times as long as the circumference of the grommet when complete.
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.
A young surfer •Apparently a borrowing from Australia, where it is also spelled grummit: an ersatz club scene for junior high-schoolers, grommets, kiddies (1986+)