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trickle

[trik-uh l] /ˈtrɪk əl/
verb (used without object), trickled, trickling.
1.
to flow or fall by drops, or in a small, gentle stream:
Tears trickled down her cheeks.
2.
to come, go, or pass bit by bit, slowly, or irregularly:
The guests trickled out of the room.
verb (used with object), trickled, trickling.
3.
to cause to trickle.
noun
4.
a trickling flow or stream.
5.
a small, slow, or irregular quantity of anything coming, going, or proceeding:
a trickle of visitors throughout the day.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English triklen, trekelen (v.), apparently sandhi variant of strikle, perhaps equivalent to strike (in obsolete sense “flow”) + -le
Related forms
tricklingly, adverb
Synonyms
4. dribble, seepage, drip.
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Examples for trickle
  • Meditation reduces the flow of incoming information to a trickle.
  • They had all seen the graying of the faculty there, and they knew that a steady trickle of retirements was imminent.
  • By dawn, the trickle that began to seep into the neighborhood during the night had become a scalding torrent.
  • Allow a hose to trickle slowly and move it periodically over several hours.
  • Since they were installed, the suicide rate has slowed to a trickle.
  • Sallie may get her diamond encrusted shoes, but the only trickle down involved here is for lobbyists.
  • The trickle of water that joins the two could be gone completely within a few years.
  • Hold the comb near a thin trickle of water from the faucet.
  • The effect of the tax cuts are pretty obvious and obviously didn't trickle down.
  • Gently ladle curds and whey into mold, occasionally pouring out liquid from bowl, until draining slows down to a trickle.
British Dictionary definitions for trickle

trickle

/ˈtrɪkəl/
verb
1.
to run or cause to run in thin or slow streams she trickled the sand through her fingers
2.
(intransitive) to move, go, or pass gradually the crowd trickled away
noun
3.
a thin, irregular, or slow flow of something
4.
the act of trickling
Derived Forms
trickling, adjective
tricklingly, adverb
trickly, adjective
Word Origin
C14: perhaps of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for trickle
trickle
late 14c., possibly an aphetic variant of stricklen "to trickle," a frequentative form of striken "to flow, move" (see strike). The noun is 1580, from the verb. Trickle-down as an adjectival phrase in an economic sense first recorded 1944; the image had been in use at least since Teddy Roosevelt.
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