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Trickle definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRICK'LE, v.i. [allied perhaps to Gr. to run, and a diminutive.]
To flow in a small gentle stream; to run down; as, tears trickle down the cheek; water trickles from the eaves.
Fast beside there trickled softly down
A gentle stream.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid; "there's a drip through the roof" [syn: drip, trickle, dribble] v
1: run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream; "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in" [syn: trickle, dribble, filter]

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb (trickled; trickling) Etymology: Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin Date: 14th century 1. a. to issue or fall in drops b. to flow in a thin gentle stream 2. a. to move or go one by one or little by little <customers began to trickle in> b. to dissipate slowly <his enthusiasm trickled away> II. noun Date: 1580 a thin, slow, or intermittent stream or movement

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 intr. & tr. flow or cause to flow in drops or a small stream (water trickled through the crack). 2 tr. come or go slowly or gradually (information trickles out). --n. a trickling flow. Phrases and idioms: trickle charger an electrical charger for batteries that works at a steady slow rate from the mains. Etymology: ME trekel, trikle, prob. imit.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trickle Tric"kle, n. The act or state of trickling; also, that which trickles; a small stream; drip. Streams that . . . are short and rapid torrents after a storm, but at other times dwindle to feeble trickles of mud. --James Bryce.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Trickle Tric"kle (tr[i^]k"k'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trickled (tr[i^]k"k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Trickling (tr[i^]k"kl[i^]ng).] [OE. triklen, probably for striklen, freq. of striken to flow, AS. str[imac]can. See Strike, v. t.] To flow in a small, gentle stream; to run in drops. His salt tears trickled down as rain. --Chaucer. Fast beside there trickled softly down A gentle stream. --Spenser.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(trickles, trickling, trickled) 1. When a liquid trickles, or when you trickle it, it flows slowly in very small amounts. A tear trickled down the old man's cheek... Trickle water gently over the back of your baby's head... VERB: V prep/adv, V n Trickle is also a noun. There was not so much as a trickle of water. N-COUNT: usu sing 2. When people or things trickle in a particular direction, they move there slowly in small groups or amounts, rather than all together. Some donations are already trickling in. VERB: V adv/prep Trickle is also a noun. The flood of cars has now slowed to a trickle... N-COUNT: usu sing

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. n. Drop, drip, flow gently, trill, dribble, distil.

Moby Thesaurus

a few, condensation, condense, distill, distillation, dribble, drip, dripping, drippings, dripple, drizzle, drop, exude, filter, flow, gurgle, handful, leach, leaching, leak, leak out, leakage, leaking, limited number, lixiviate, lixiviation, only a few, ooze, percolate, percolation, piddling few, piddling number, rivulet, run, runlet, runnel, scattering, seep, seepage, seeping, small number, spill, sprinkling, spurtle, sweat, sweating, too few, tricklet, trill, weep


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