runnel

[ruhn-l]
noun
1.
a small stream; brook; rivulet.
2.
a small channel, as for water.
Also, runlet [ruhn-lit] .


Origin:
1570–80; run (noun) + -el diminutive suffix

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runnel (ˈrʌnəl)
 
n
literary a small stream
 
[C16: from Old English rynele; related to run]

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runnel
"rivulet," 1577, in Hakluyt, from O.E. rinelle, a dim. form related to rinnan "to run" (see run (v.)).
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Example sentences
In summer, runoff from cloudbursts etches into the softer limestones and sluices through the deep runnels.
Runnels of spindrift avalanches began to pour down the face around us, and it became imperative to seek some kind of shelter.
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