trickle

[trik-uhl]
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:
1325–75; Middle English triklen, trekelen (v.), apparently sandhi variant of strikle, perhaps equivalent to strike (in obsolete sense “flow”) + -le

tricklingly, adverb


4. dribble, seepage, drip.
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trickle (ˈtrɪkəl)
 
vb
1.  to run or cause to run in thin or slow streams: she trickled the sand through her fingers
2.  (intr) to move, go, or pass gradually: the crowd trickled away
 
n
3.  a thin, irregular, or slow flow of something
4.  the act of trickling
 
[C14: perhaps of imitative origin]
 
'trickling
 
adj
 
'tricklingly
 
adv
 
'trickly
 
adj

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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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Example sentences
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.
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