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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.’
- ‘The Shearwater has three sets of cringles numbered 1, 2, and 3 from the bottom up.’
- ‘Smaller cringles along the head enable it to be laced to the yard.’
Early 17th century: from Low German kringel, diminutive of kring ring.
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