riv·​u·​let | \ ˈri-vyə-lət How to pronounce rivulet (audio) , -və- \

Definition of rivulet

: a small stream

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Examples of rivulet in a Sentence

small rivulets trickled down the side of the cliff
Recent Examples on the Web At the lower left, a rivulet of water trickles from a half-round wooden pipe into the cool darkness of a catchment pool. William E. Wallace, WSJ, "Creatures Great and Small," 23 Apr. 2021 In a few short weeks, a torrential global river of money sprang from NFTs; in a few short days, a few celebrities diked it and drained off a rivulet of cash to a 15-employee nonprofit in Washington. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: Why Celebrities Are Agog Over This Tiny Climate Think Tank," 23 Mar. 2021 What starts as a worrying dot of pigment becomes a puddle, and then a rivulet, then begins to look, undeniably, like the basin of an overflowing toilet. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Rudy Giuliani's Hair Melted and Twitter Is Mesmerized," 20 Nov. 2020 In the sewers and rivulets along the streets in the city of masks the rats ride in masks like passengers in boats crossing the Lethe. Daniel Torday, Wired, "Short Fiction: ‘Indivisible City’ by Daniel Torday," 3 Apr. 2020 Column continues below video: Not 90 seconds into his tribute, tears ran down Jordan’s face like tiny rivulets. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Michael Jordan makes rare appearance to share story of rare friendship with Kobe Bryant," 24 Feb. 2020 This further contributes to erosion, which snowballs as moving water increases speed and carves out rivulets and then gullies. Washington Post, "Cover your ground, for your plants’ sake," 22 Oct. 2019 The pulses sometimes caused the lava channel to overtop its banks, creating new rivulets that threatened nearby property. Stephanie Pappas, Scientific American, "A Tiny Leak Led to a Massive, Unexpected Collapse at Kilauea Volcano," 5 Dec. 2019 Deep inside, flocks of birds swoop around a single, gnarled tree, rivulets of water flowing from its base. Stephen Ferry, National Geographic, "Indigenous protectors of these sacred peaks have kept others out—till now," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rivulet

1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rivulet

Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, from Latin rivulus, diminutive of rivus stream — more at run

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The first known use of rivulet was in 1587

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5 May 2021

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“Rivulet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivulet. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rivulet

: a small stream of water or liquid


riv·​u·​let | \ ˈri-vyə-lət How to pronounce rivulet (audio) \

Kids Definition of rivulet

: a small stream

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