rill

noun (1)
\ ˈril How to pronounce rill (audio) \

Definition of rill

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a very small brook

rill

verb
rilled; rilling; rills

Definition of rill (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to flow like a rill

rill

noun (2)
\ ˈril How to pronounce rill (audio) \
variants: or rille \ ˈril How to pronounce rill (audio) , ˈri-​lə \

Definition of rill (Entry 3 of 3)

: any of several long narrow valleys on the moon's surface

First Known Use of rill

Noun (1)

1538, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rill

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rill

Statistics for rill

Cite this Entry

“Rill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rill. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rill

rill

noun
\ ˈril How to pronounce rill (audio) \

Kids Definition of rill

: a very small stream

More from Merriam-Webster on rill

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rill

Nglish: Translation of rill for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about rill

Comments on rill

What made you want to look up rill? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!