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
Even the advertising dollars have finally started trickling in.
Many tourists are already trickling into town and many will stay for the
  weekend.
By late morning, rivulets of melt are trickling down the ice.
Thanks to the trailblazing of the rich and famous, the price of home networks
  is finally trickling down to the rest of us.
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