• WordNet 3.6
    • n cringle fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cringle A withe for fastening a gate.
    • Cringle (Naut) An iron or pope thimble or grommet worked into or attached to the edges and corners of a sail; -- usually in the plural. The cringles are used for making fast the bowline bridles, earings, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cringle A ring or circular bend, as of a rope. Specifically— Nautical, a strand of rope so worked into the bolt-rope of a sail as to form a ring or eye. Cringles are named according to the purpose for which they are intended: as, head-cringles, which are placed at the upper corners of the sail, for lashing them to the yards; reef-cringles, on the leeches of the sail, for passing the reef-earings through.
    • n cringle A withe or rope for fastening a gate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cringle kring′gl a small piece of rope worked into the bolt-rope of a sail, and containing a metal ring or thimble.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. kringla, orb; akin to kring, around, and to D. kring, circle, and to E. cringe, crank,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Teut.; cf. Ger. kringel.


In literature:

I can even put a cringle into a sail.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
The master of the other craft, holding on to the stays with one hand, jerked his thumb expressively towards Miss Cringle, and waited.
"Many Cargoes" by W.W. Jacobs
I see, Massa Tom Cringle?
"Tom Cringle's Log" by Michael Scott
I see, Massa Tom Cringle!
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
The capital punishment of poor Nat Cringle was as nothing to this.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
A proof of this was given in that very remarkable production in "Blackwood's Magazine," styled "Tom Cringle's Log.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Cringle and Crosstree; OR, THE SEA SWASHES OF A SAILOR.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
The span attached to the cringles on the leech of a square sail to which the bowline is toggled or clinched.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Cringle and Crosstree=; OR, THE SEA SWASHES OF A SAILOR.
"Seek and Find" by Oliver Optic
So did we, and, further, ran a line from the cringle in her foresail to the weather rigging.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
A dining room almost as large had once been the scene of hospitalities like those which are celebrated by Tom Cringle.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
Author Tom Cringle's Log, etc.
"A Brief Handbook of English Authors" by Oscar Fay Adams
Middle the sail on the yard by the glut, or by the centre cringle.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana

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