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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At the base of the wall, the water would be gathered into a runnel and eventually channeled underground to be recirculated.
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