Definition of cringle in English:

cringle

noun

Sailing
  • A ring of rope formed in the edge of a sail and containing a thimble, for another rope to pass through.

    • ‘Along that edge of the sail there will be a series of cringles, or large stainless grommets.’
    • ‘To make it easier to use the hooks, you can lash two stainless steel rings through the cringles at each tack reef location.’
    • ‘The line may also pass through the cringles on the sail's luff.’
    • ‘Smaller cringles along the head enable it to be laced to the yard.’
    • ‘The Shearwater has three sets of cringles numbered 1, 2, and 3 from the bottom up.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Low German kringel, diminutive of kring ‘ring’.

Pronunciation

cringle

/ˈkrɪŋɡəl//ˈkriNGɡəl/