runnel

noun
run·​nel | \ ˈrə-nᵊl How to pronounce runnel (audio) \

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Synonyms for runnel

Synonyms

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

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Examples of runnel in a Sentence

the fugitive made use of local runnels to throw the bloodhounds off his scent

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The road ran like a twisty runnel through fuchsia hedges and bright fields of buttercups and cow parsley, up to a pass among the 3,000-foot Slieve Mish mountains. New York Times, "Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way," 12 Aug. 2019 In summer, runoff from cloudbursts etches into the softer limestones and sluices through the deep runnels. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Bryce Canyon National Park," 19 Aug. 2019 Grouting crews fan out across the subways every night, looking for runnels down walls and stalactites of muck oozing from ceilings, patching up incursions that are closest to electrical components first. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Water, Water Everywhere in New York Subway. And With it, Problems," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of runnel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for runnel

alteration of Middle English rinel, from Old English rynel; akin to Old English rinnan to run — more at run

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The first known use of runnel was before the 12th century

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runnel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of runnel

formal + literary : a small stream

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