trickle

verb
trick·​le | \ ˈtri-kəl How to pronounce trickle (audio) \
trickled; trickling\ ˈtri-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce trickle (audio) \

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

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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 Still, officials said the hope among those involved in the order's drafting is the new requirements would trickle into non-contractors who compete with other companies for business. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 10 May 2021 Instead of, say, modifying an interest rate, and waiting for the effects of a credit contraction to trickle through the banking system and into the economy, a few deft phrase can do the trick. George Calhoun, Forbes, 10 May 2021 The tragedy of Vietnam and the stagflation of the 1970s killed the trickle-up vision. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 7 May 2021 The cuts mean fewer flights—and fares that are likely to be higher than in 2020 as vacationers gradually trickle back into airports. Patrick Clark, Fortune, 24 Dec. 2020 As employees begin to trickle back into offices, the question for Lupii and other companies is: Where are people going to want to try a new snack? New York Times, 14 May 2021 Restaurants throughout Chicago and the suburbs continue to trickle back into business, including a new Italian restaurant in Oak Brook, several old favorites in the city, and the famous Signature Room perched atop the Hancock tower. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2021 Although the investment in combating climate change will inevitably lead to more new jobs, many existing jobs — in the fossil fuel industry, for example — will begin to trickle away. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 2 May 2021 Needless to say, the questions, guesses, and overall excitement continues to trickle in. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 4 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Vaccine procurement has slowed to a trickle after the COVAX facility was crippled by a halt in shipments from India, where most of the vaccines were sourced. Bethlehem Feleke And Larry Madowo, CNN, 11 June 2021 In 2019, the falls slowed to a trickle after the worst drought in the region in a century. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 8 June 2021 But that pipeline is now in danger of slowing to a trickle, in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact, with scores of universities cutting costs by downsizing their athletic departments. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 Dealogic data show new issues slowing to a trickle, though this could be in part due to broader financial trends, or a hangover from the record $103 billion already raised this year. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 11 May 2021 When people began working at home, early-morning and lunchtime crowds turned into a trickle. Joyce M. Rosenberg, chicagotribune.com, 18 May 2021 But on a recent afternoon, the building’s spacious lobby sat largely empty, as patients arrived in a slow trickle, often out-numbered by the staff waiting to vaccinate them. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 14 May 2021 These days, Lum’s calendar reflects the hustle and joy of a star whose stream of exciting incoming opportunities has gone from a trickle to a fire hose. Michelle Lee, Allure, 12 May 2021 In West Texas, where the Rio Grande dries to little more than an ankle-deep trickle in some places, migrant men traveling alone hike the desert for a week or more before smugglers drive them to jobs deep in the U.S. interior. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Trickle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trickle. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce trickle (audio) \
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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