trickle

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

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

Past vacant lots and sidewalks that later became camps of homeless people who had been evicted due to pyramid scheme-like development policies and trickle-down solutions. Boots Riley, HWD, "Sorry to Bother You Director Boots Riley Takes a Ride Through Oakland’s Changing Landscape," 2 July 2018 That included the crucial role music played during that era in helping disaffected young people cope with the Cold War and trickle-down rhetoric of the Reagan years. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Poster Children return with a political punch," 20 June 2018 And thanks to trickle-down improvements, third- or even fourth-tier components now shift and brake as well as the top-shelf stuff a few years ago. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Budget Bikes for Road and Trail," 4 June 2018 The sponsorship money is supposed to trickle down to the athletes. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Wouldn't it make sense for USATF to reinstate Vin Lananna? Oregon track & field rundown," 28 Mar. 2018 But New Story's Lafci doesn't want to wait for the technology to trickle down to the regions with lean economies. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Quest to Bring 3-D Printed Homes to the Developing World," 12 Mar. 2018 The new report says that supply-side economics, including tax cuts such as those recently enacted, do not lead to trickle-down economic improvements for people at the lower end of the economic spectrum. Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, "Fifty years after the Kerner Commission, a new report cites some of the same concerns about race and poverty," 26 Feb. 2018 But the challenges are daunting as the message trickles down slowly. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit," 20 Feb. 2019 Towards the beginning of the night, Abloh could be spotted putting the finishing touches on the event as guests trickled in. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls Suited Up in Louis Vuitton Menswear for the Virgil Abloh and Chrome Hearts Dinner," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The influx of graduation parties also has a trickle down effect. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "You’ve got the diploma and the proud parents. What about that dinner reservation?," 28 May 2018 The trickle of satellite imagery analyses in recent months suggesting continued North Korean missile and nuclear development appears to have done little to dull Mr. Trump’s interest in pursuing dialogue with Mr. Kim. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "North Korea Keeping Up Work on Missile Sites, Report Says," 12 Nov. 2018 In this market, there’s so much trickle effect copies. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Contemporary Label Draws on Princess Diana’s Casual Style," 1 Feb. 2019 As holiday sales reports trickle in, a divide is growing between the weak and the strong. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Why Only Some Retailers Got Their Holiday Wishes," 10 Jan. 2019 Ever since Memphians and others began returning downtown—first a trickle, and now a flood—the city has densified. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Memphis downtown boom fueled by riverfront city’s rich history," 25 Sep. 2018 Late Saturday morning, a trickle of people wearing green and white Mexico jerseys trickled into the TKO Sports Bar & Grill, seven minutes from the Texas-Mexico border, its doors and windows shuttered to keep out the steadily climbing heat. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In border town, World Cup watchers balance team pride, anxiety about US," 29 June 2018 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

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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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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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