from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small ring or grommet of rope or metal fastened to the edge of a sail.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun A withe or rope for fastening a gate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A withe for fastening a gate.
- noun (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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun nautical A short piece of
rope, arranged as a grommetaround a metal ring, used to attach tackleto a sailetc.
- noun A
withefor fastening a gate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Tom nodded his head, understanding what the captain meant in a jiffey; and, with the help of two or three others, a piece of fearnought, that lay in the bottom of the long-boat, was quickly bundled out on the deck and dragged forwards, the men bending on a rope's-end to a cringle worked in one corner of the stuff, so as to hoist it up by.
Somebody unhooked the throat-halliard block, and thought he had hooked it into the head-cringle of the trysail, and sang out to hoist away, but he had missed it in the dark, and the heavy block went flying into the lee rigging, and nearly killed him when it swung back with the weather roll.
On each side of the sail, at the end of each reef band, was a cringle, or eye, in which the reef pendent was fastened.
An active young topman, whom Charles had seen just before laughing and joking with his shipmates, was on the lee-yardarm; while, with earing in hand, he was passing the point through the cringle, the ship gave a heavy lurch, he lost his hold, and was jerked off the yard.