English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
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 ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
rill ( plural ) rills
A very small
brook; a streamlet.
1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, :
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.
( planetology ) Alternative form of rille
Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
rill ( third-person singular simple present , rills present participle , rilling simple past and past participle ) rilled
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;