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trickle

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intransitive verb trick·le \ˈtri-kəl\

Definition of trickle

trickled

trickling

play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. 1a :  to issue or fall in dropsb :  to flow in a thin gentle stream

  2. 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>

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.

Origin and Etymology of trickle

Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 14th century


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trickle

noun trick·le

Definition of trickle

  1. :  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.

1580

First Known Use of trickle

1580


TRICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

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trickle

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intransitive verb trick·le \ˈtri-kəl\

Definition of trickle for English Language Learners

  • : to flow or fall in drops

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


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trickle

noun trick·le

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

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verb trick·le \ˈtri-kəl\

Definition of trickle for Students

trickled

trickling

  1. 1 :  to run or fall in drops

  2. 2 :  to flow in a thin slow stream

  3. 3 :  to move slowly or in small numbers <Customers trickled in.>


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trickle

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noun trick·le

Definition of trickle for Students

  1. :  a thin slow stream



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