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

Definition of runnel

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Synonyms for runnel


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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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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English Language Learners Definition of runnel

formal + literary : a small stream

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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