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rill1

[ril] /rɪl/
noun
1.
a small rivulet or brook.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Dutch or Low German; compare Frisian ril

rill2

[ril] /rɪl/
noun, Astronomy
1.
any of certain long, narrow, straight or sinuous trenches or valleys observed on the surface of the moon.
Also, rille.
Origin
1885-90; < German Rille; see rill1
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Examples for rill
  • Continued rainfall will enlarge the rill network and more substantial channels and gullies will form.
British Dictionary definitions for rill

rill

/rɪl/
noun
1.
a brook or stream; rivulet
2.
a small channel or gulley, such as one formed during soil erosion
3.
Also rille. one of many winding cracks on the moon
Word Origin
C15: from Low German rille; related to Dutch ril
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Word Origin and History for rill
n.

"small brook, rivulet," 1530s, from or related to Dutch and Frisian ril, Low German rille "groove, furrow, running stream," probably from Proto-Germanic *ril- (cf. Old English rið, riþe "brook, stream," which survives only in dialects), a diminutive form from PIE root *reie- "to run, flow" (see Rhine).

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