from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reinforced eyelet, as in cloth or leather, through which a fastener may be passed.
- n. A small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce such an eyelet.
- n. Nautical A loop of rope or metal used for securing the edge of a sail to its stay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A reinforced eyelet, or a small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce an eyelet.
- n. A young or inexperienced surfer, skateboarder, or snowboarder.
- n. A circle formed of three-stranded rope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A ring of rope used as a wad to hold a cannon ball in place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See gromet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines
Probably from obsolete French gromette, gormette, chain joining the ends of a bit, from Old French, from gourmer, to bridle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From obsolete French gromette ("curb chain") (modern spelling gourmette). (Wiktionary)