Grommet Grom"met, n. [F. gourmette curb, curb chain, fr. gourmer to curb, thump, beat; cf. Armor. gromm a curb, gromma to curb.] 1. A ring formed by twisting on itself a single strand of an unlaid rope; also, a metallic eyelet in or for a sail or a mailbag. Sometimes written {grummet}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A ring of rope used as a wad to hold a cannon ball in place. [1913 Webster]

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  • grommet — 1620s, ring or wreath of rope, from obsolete Fr. gromette curb of a bridle (Mod.Fr. gourmette), from gourmer to curb, of uncertain origin. Extended sense of metal eyelet first recorded 1769 …   Etymology dictionary

  • grommet — ► NOUN 1) a protective eyelet in a hole that a rope or cable passes through. 2) a tube surgically implanted in the eardrum to drain fluid from the middle ear. ORIGIN originally in sense «circle of rope used as a fastening»: from obsolete French… …   English terms dictionary

  • grommet — [gräm′it] n. [< obs. Fr gromette (now gourmette), curb chain, bridle < gourmer, to curb, prob. < VL * grumus, throat] 1. a ring of rope or metal used to fasten the edge of a sail to its stay, hold an oar in place, etc. 2. an eyelet, as… …   English World dictionary

  • Grommet — For animated character, see Gromit. For the juvenile sportsperson, see grommet (sportsperson). Eyelet redirects here. For its homophone, see islet. Some rubber grommets. A grommet is a ring inserted into a hole through thin material, such as… …   Wikipedia

  • Grommet — einige Grommets Als Grommet (vom französischen gromette, Kandare am Zaumzeug) bezeichnet man einen Ring oder eine Tülle, die man durch Löcher in Materialien steckt, um diese beispielsweise zu verstärken, zu schützen oder abzudichten. Meist sind… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • grommet — UK [ˈɡrɒmɪt] / US [ˈɡrɑmət] noun [countable] Word forms grommet : singular grommet plural grommets 1) a metal or plastic ring that surrounds a hole in cloth to prevent it from tearing 2) British a small tube that is put into a child s ear to… …   English dictionary

  • grommet — /grom it/, n. 1. Mach. a. any of various rings or eyelets of metal or the like. b. an insulated washer of rubber or plastic, inserted in a hole in a metal part to prevent grounding of a wire passing through the hole. 2. Naut. a. a ring or strop… …   Universalium

  • grommet — noun /ˈɡɹɒm.ɪt,ˈɡɹʌm.ɪt,ˈɡɹɑ.mɪt/ a) A reinforced eyelet, or a small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce an eyelet. What do you over the pond skaterboarders say? Is there a global term to be used to label someone as a skateboarder? Does it… …   Wiktionary

  • grommet — grom•met [[t]ˈgrɒm ɪt, ˈgrʌm [/t]] also grummet n. v. met•ed, met•ing. n. 1) mac navig. any of various rings or washers, esp. one used as an insulator or gasket or as an eyelet protecting material where a rope passes 2) navig. a ring of rope or… …   From formal English to slang

  • grommet — n. (also grummet) 1 a metal, plastic, or rubber eyelet placed in a hole to protect or insulate a rope or cable etc. passed through it. 2 a tube passed through the eardrum in surgery to make a communication with the middle ear. Etymology: obs. F… …   Useful english dictionary

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