trickle

verb
trick·​le | \ ˈtri-kəl \
trickled; trickling\ ˈtri-​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of trickle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to issue or fall in drops
b : to flow in a thin gentle stream
2a : to move or go one by one or little by little customers began to trickle in
b : to dissipate slowly his enthusiasm trickled away

trickle

noun

Definition of trickle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin, slow, or intermittent stream or movement

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Synonyms for trickle

Synonyms: Verb

distill (also distil), dribble, drip, drop

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Examples of trickle in a Sentence

Verb

Tears trickled down her cheeks. Water was trickling out of the gutter. People trickled into the theater. Donations have been trickling in.

Noun

We heard the trickle of water from the roof. The flow of water slowed to a trickle. Sales have slowed to a trickle in recent weeks. A slow trickle of customers came into the store throughout the day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other trends are trickling over into holidays, too: Just look at how zombie and pilgrim flamingo lawn ornaments have taken Halloween and Thanksgiving! Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Mermaid Skeletons Are Here to Make a Splash This Halloween," 10 Oct. 2018 At one point, nine of the top 10 songs on Spotify were his, and public curiosity was further stoked as details of the police investigation trickled out throughout the week. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "5 Seconds of Summer Keeps Beyoncé and Jay-Z Out of Top Spot," 25 June 2018 In my case, that means embracing the sweet Southern influences that have trickled into Seattle the past few years, including the cane syrup that’s a far more traditional sweetener in the South. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Cane syrup, a Southern staple, makes its way to Seattle just in time for prime pecan-pie season," 20 Nov. 2018 But the Charge 3 isn’t just an aesthetic redesign: Fitbit is also adding several new fitness features that have trickled down from its smartwatches to make the Charge 3 more useful. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fitbit’s Charge 3 adds a better screen, swim tracking, and smartwatch-style features," 20 Aug. 2018 Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images The improved coaching trickled to the grassroots, leading to higher-quality youth leagues. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "How Las Vegas Became a Hot Spot for Baseball," 10 Dec. 2018 Kiwami The Yakuza games, long a PlayStation exclusive, started trickling onto PC this past summer with the release of Yakuza 0. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes," 30 Nov. 2018 Population growth has continued to trickle up, labor force availability, especially in the construction industry, is lackluster at best, and productivity figures for the economy at large show minuscule improvements. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019," 10 Oct. 2018 Developer Treyarch has been tight-lipped about the new Call of Duty game’s battle royale variant for months now, letting small details trickle out since its big May reveal. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Watch the first trailer for Call of Duty’s Blackout battle royale game mode," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On another page, a closeup of his swollen face, where a trickle of blood seeped from the ears, clippings of grass stuck to his white skin. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Sometimes the color creases within a couple of hours, migrating around my eyes in sad trickles of shimmery pigment. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "I Love This Eyeshadow So Much I Almost Don't Want to Tell People About It," 20 Dec. 2018 With quick charge tech packed in, this charger will charge your devices much quicker than the small electron trickle that comes out of your dash. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Anker Car Charging Gear Is Over 30% Off Today," 12 Nov. 2018 That relative first-party software trickle may not be enough to sustain sales until promised Metroid and Pokémon games show up. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Before crucial holiday season, Nintendo struggles as Sony shines," 30 Oct. 2018 Passengers dressed for the autumn heat trickle onto the platform, where staff in high-collared gray silk uniforms hand people into their carriages. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Romantic Way to Get From Singapore to Bangkok," 7 Sep. 2018 Other players followed suit, and the movement’s trickle-down effect reached metro Atlanta. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "NFL’s policy on flag, national anthem has people talking," 27 May 2018 At room temperature and pressure, the fuel cell reactions generally have efficiencies of between 1% and 15%, and the throughput is a trickle. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The time of trickle-down electronics is over; today, everything is about being quick to market. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class Debuts, Will Spawn at Least Three Models for U.S.," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of trickle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trickle

Verb

Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin

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The first known use of trickle was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for trickle

trickle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of trickle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to flow or fall in drops

: to move or go slowly in small numbers or amounts

trickle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trickle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slow, thin flow of water

: a slow movement of people or things in small numbers or amounts

trickle

verb
trick·​le | \ ˈtri-kəl \
trickled; trickling

Kids Definition of trickle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to run or fall in drops
2 : to flow in a thin slow stream
3 : to move slowly or in small numbers Customers trickled in.

trickle

noun

Kids Definition of trickle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a thin slow stream

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