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trickle

verb trick·le \ ˈtri-kəl \
|Updated on: 16 Aug 2018

Definition of trickle

trickled; trickling play \ˈtri-k(ə-)liŋ\
1 a : to issue or fall in drops
b : to flow in a thin gentle stream
2 a : to move or go one by one or little by little
  • customers began to trickle in
b : to dissipate slowly
  • his enthusiasm trickled away

Examples of trickle in a Sentence

  1. Tears trickled down her cheeks.

  2. Water was trickling out of the gutter.

  3. People trickled into the theater.

  4. Donations have been trickling in.

Recent Examples of trickle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of trickle

Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin

trickle Synonyms

Antonyms

pour, roll, stream;

Near Antonyms

run;


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trickle

noun

Definition of trickle

: a thin, slow, or intermittent stream or movement

Examples of trickle in a Sentence

  1. We heard the trickle of water from the roof.

  2. The flow of water slowed to a trickle.

  3. Sales have slowed to a trickle in recent weeks.

  4. A slow trickle of customers came into the store throughout the day.

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First Known Use of trickle

1580

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TRICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

trickle

Definition of trickle for English Language Learners

  • : to flow or fall in drops

  • : to move or go slowly in small numbers or amounts


trickle

Definition of trickle for English Language Learners

  • : a slow, thin flow of water

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


TRICKLE Defined for Kids

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trickle

verb trick·le \ ˈtri-kəl \

Definition of trickle for Students

trickled; trickling
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.

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trickle

noun

Definition of trickle for Students

: a thin slow stream


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