rill

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noun (1)

: a very small brook

rill

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verb

rilled; rilling; rills

intransitive verb

: to flow like a rill

rill

3 of 3

noun (2)

variants or rille
ˈril How to pronounce rill (audio)
ˈri-lə
: any of several long narrow valleys on the moon's surface

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Dutch ril or Low German rille; akin to Old English rīth rivulet

Noun (2)

German Rille, literally, channel made by a small stream, from Low German, rill

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1538, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rill was in 1538

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Cite this Entry

“Rill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rill. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

rill

noun

: a very small stream

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