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 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 Unheated, its complex taste comes through when Zabala drizzles on enough to run through the bread’s rivulets and add a golden sheen to its surface. Los Angeles Times, "Chef Aitor Zabala of Somni makes perfect pan con tomate. You can too," 19 Sep. 2019 One left defender Becky Sauerbrunn with a gash over her right eye and rivulet of blood streaming down her face. Liz Clarke, The Denver Post, "Clarke: “Equal pay!” chant stands out after U.S. Women’s World Cup victory," 7 July 2019 Seemingly from nowhere, a supernatural rivulet of blood enters her world, tracing a precise path into her home and recurring often in the scenes to come. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tigers Are Not Afraid' ('Vuelven'): Film Review," 22 Aug. 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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8 Apr 2020

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“Rivulet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivulet. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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) \

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: a small stream

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