trickle

verb
trick·le | \ˈtri-kəl \
trickled; trickling\ˈtri-k(ə-)liŋ \

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 & Antonyms for trickle

Synonyms: Verb

bubble, dribble, gurgle, lap, plash, ripple, splash, wash

Antonyms: Verb

pour, roll, stream

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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

Ledford plans to pave only the roads running through the wildlife center in a bid to keep silt from trickling into nearby streams. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 Many Senegalese are also unhappy that little of the country’s new wealth is trickling down to them. The Economist, "Senegal’s democracy is being tested by its president," 28 June 2018 However, that wait hasn't stopped Southwest from trickling out plans for Hawaii once the certification comes through. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Alaska Airlines adds new Hawaii route from California," 19 June 2018 Then, with the game trickling into half time, the aforementioned winger committed perhaps the gravest offence in the history of Danish football. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go - What if Jesper Olsen Hadn't Made 'That' Costly Error?," 8 June 2018 The adjustable hood cinched up snug and kept rain from trickling in while still providing enough peripheral vision to navigate the park’s tight, marshy channels. Outside Online, "The Best Summer Jackets of 2018," 15 May 2018 With early voters trickling to the polls, the Chicagoans running for a seat in the Cook County Board are turning their campaigns a notch more aggressive in order to court the votes of area Democrats. Jacqueline Serrato, Hoy, "Chicago political ad blasted for ‘anti-immigrant’ message," 14 Mar. 2018 But across the seafood industry, there is apprehension that the pain will soon trickle down, cutting into sales and dropping prices. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "After July Fourth crab feasts, an uncertain season for Maryland seafood industry," 6 July 2018 Alex Bregman hit a tapper in front of the plate that hugged the foul line before trickling fair. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy fumbles ball in bizarre walk-off loss to Houston," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Barry was as trickle-down as any guy, but what did the building of Buckhead condos have to do with her lot in life? Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 As darkness set in, the line of people crossing into the United States dropped to a trickle, and the children began to fall asleep. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Sleeping on America’s Doorstep: A Dispatch From the Border," 25 June 2018 Because California leans too heavily on rich people's income taxes — especially their capital gains — the state's revenue stream varies wildly between floods in good times and trickles in bad. George Skelton, latimes.com, "Gov. Jerry Brown's parting gift to his successor: ship-shape state finances," 14 May 2018 Finally, a version of trickle down economics that really works. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams," 16 May 2018 Now, technological trickle-down has brought that approach to the 2019 Cayenne. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Is a Herald of Cars To Come," 14 May 2018 Before the on-field news slows to a trickle as schools break for summer, SI writers are examining the most notable storylines and performances from each Power 5 conference during the spring session. Eric Single, SI.com, "Alabama Still Reigns Over the SEC, but New Coaches, QB Battles Bring Plenty of Intrigue," 11 May 2018 But this trickle-down moral change is never going to happen. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "An Activist-Filmmaker Tackles Patriarchy in Pakistan," 6 Feb. 2016 The city has also cut down on water waste by patching up leaky pipes and slowing the flow of water to a trickle. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Today wasn’t Day Zero in Cape Town, but the water crisis isn’t over," 11 May 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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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 \
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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