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trickle

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verb trick·le \ ˈtri-kəl \

Definition of trickle

trickled; trickling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
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.

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Origin and Etymology of trickle

Middle English trikelen, of imitative origin

trickle Synonyms

Synonyms
distill (also distil), dribble, drop, drip
Antonyms
pour, roll, stream
Related Words
drizzle, sprinkle; flow, pour, roll, run, stream; cascade, gutter, riffle, ripple; bleed, exude, ooze, seep, weep; discharge
Near Antonyms
gush, spout, spurt

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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


TRICKLE Defined for English Language Learners

trickle

play
verb

Definition of trickle for English Language Learners

  • : to flow or fall in drops

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


trickle

noun

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

play
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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