trickle (plural trickles)
- A very thin river.
- The brook had shrunk to a mere trickle.
- A very thin flow; the act of trickling.
- The tap of the washbasin in my bedroom is leaking and the trickle drives me mad at night.
- James Bryce
- The streams that run south and east from the mountains to the coast are short and rapid torrents after a storm, but at other times dwindle to feeble trickles of mud.
a very thin river
a very thin flow; the act of trickling
- (transitive) to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously.
- The doctor trickled some iodine on the wound.
- (intransitive) to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously.
- Here the water just trickles along, but later it becomes a torrent.
- The film was so bad that people trickled out of the cinema before its end.
- (intransitive) To move or roll slowly.
2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC:
- Their only shot of the first period was a long-range strike from top-scorer Ebanks-Blake which trickled tamely wide.
to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously
to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously