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

Definition of rivulet

: a small stream

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Synonyms for rivulet


beck [British], bourn (or bourne), brook, brooklet, burn [British], creek, gill [British], rill, run [chiefly Midland], runlet, runnel, streamlet

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Examples of rivulet in a Sentence

small rivulets trickled down the side of the cliff

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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 Pools of it, rivulets of it, lapping lakes and freshets of it, in a green and timbered landscape — our eyes were always thirsty for the sight of it. Los Angeles Times, "On Canada’s Via Rail, a return to the older — and let’s be honest, better — way of traveling," 17 Aug. 2019 The crusty golden rounds are pressed with rosemary, rivulets of olive oil traversing their surface. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Celebrating simple pleasures at Karen Akunowicz’s restaurant Fox & the Knife," 23 July 2019 BuzzFeed reports that researchers found forearm rivulets matched an arm held straight out around 90 degrees to the side, for example, while the hand marks matched an arm held out at about 45 degrees. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say," 16 July 2018 Menashe’s hummus is magnificent, a ring of silky, airy purée surrounding a big spoonful of chunkier, denser stuff; a green rivulet of olive oil; smears of spicy, smoky harissa and green puréed herbs. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent," 15 June 2018 By then, rivulets of blood, thinned by the venom, ran from the puncture wounds. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 The living room moldings almost feel like rivulets of ocean left behind by a wave. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Gregory Shano on Decorating His Relaxed Long Island Retreat," 30 Mar. 2015 Sheets of rain had turned the steep streets of the historic town into rivulets, and the surrounding hilltops were shrouded in a dense, milky fog, known locally as Rousdon Mist. David Shaftel, New York Times, "Searching for Dinosaurs in a Seaside English Town," 23 May 2018

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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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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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