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From or akin to West Frisian ril ‎(rill; a narrow channel), Dutch ril ‎(rill; gully; trench; watercourse), German Low German Rille, Rill ‎(a small channel; brook; furrow), German Rille ‎(a groove; furrow).



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rill ‎(plural rills)

  1. A very small brook; a streamlet.
    • 1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan:
      So twice five miles of fertile ground
      With walls and towers were girdled round:
      And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
      Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
      And here were forests ancient as the hills,
      Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
  2. (planetology) Alternative form of rille

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rill ‎(third-person singular simple present rills, present participle rilling, simple past and past participle rilled)

  1. To run a small stream.
    • 1862, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Il Mystico, 81-86:
      And fainter, finer, trickle far
      To where the listening uplands are;
      To pause—then from his gurgling bill
      Let the warbled sweetness rill,
      And down the welkin, gushing free,
      Hark the molten melody;