trickle
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈtɹɪkəl/
Noun

trickle (plural trickles)

  1. A very thin river.
    The brook had shrunk to a mere trickle.
  2. A very thin flow; the act of trickling.
    The tap of the washbasin in my bedroom is leaking and the trickle drives me mad at night.
    • The streams that run south and east from the mountains to the coast are short and rapid torrents after a storm, but at other times dwindle to feeble trickles of mud.
Translations Translations Verb

trickle (trickles, present participle trickling; past and past participle trickled)

  1. (transitive) to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously.
    The doctor trickled some iodine on the wound.
  2. (intransitive) to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously.
    Here the water just trickles along, but later it becomes a torrent.
    The film was so bad that people trickled out of the cinema before its end.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      Her white night-dress was smeared with blood, and a thin stream trickled down the man's bare chest which was shown by his torn-open dress.
  3. (intransitive) To move or roll slowly.
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