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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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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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|Noun||1.||cringle - fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines|
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