rivulet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French riveret (little stream) or from Italian rivoletto, from Italian rivo, from Latin rivus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɪv.jə.lət/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

rivulet (plural rivulets)

  1. A small brook or stream; a streamlet; a gill.
    A rivulet of tears ran down his face.
    • 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, I.i:
      Yes Madam I think you will like them—when you shall see in a beautiful Quarto Page how a neat rivulet of Text shall meander thro' a meadow of margin—'fore Gad, they will be the most elegant Things of their kind—
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XXIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      The struggle with ways and means had recommenced, more difficult now a hundredfold than it had been before, because of their increasing needs. Their income disappeared as a little rivulet that is swallowed by the thirsty ground.
    • 1945, Charles Cotton, Geomorphology: An Introduction to the Study of Landforms
      Rills running down the steepest slopes develop into rivulets.
  2. Perizoma affinitatum, a geometrid moth.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (small brook or stream): rill

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