1. A withe for fastening a gate.
2. 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.
n : fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole
to permit the attachment of cords or lines [syn: eyelet,
loop, grommet, grummet]