Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small brook; a rivulet.
  • n. A long narrow straight valley on the moon's surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very small brook; a streamlet.
  • v. To run a small stream.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A very small brook; a streamlet.
  • n. See Rille.
  • intransitive v. To run a small stream.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small brook; a rivulet; a streamlet.
  • n. A deep, winding valley on the moon.
  • To flow in a small stream or rill; run in streamlets; purl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small stream
  • n. a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion)

Etymologies

Low German rille or Dutch ril, running stream.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • AWAKE, Æolian lyre, awake,
    And give to rapture all thy trembling strings.
    From Helicon's harmonious springs
    A thousand rills their mazy progress take;
    The laughing flowers that round them blow
    Drink life and fragrance as they flow.
    Now the rich stream of music winds along
    Deep, majestic, smooth, and strong,
    Thro' verdant vales, and Ceres' golden reign;
    Now rolling down the steep amain
    Headlong, impetuous, see it pour:
    The rocks and nodding groves re-bellow to the roar.

    - T. Gray, 'The Progress of Poesy'.

    August 11, 2008

  • 1. A small brook; a rivulet.
    2. A long narrow straight valley on the moon's surface.
    (Low German rille or Dutch ril, running stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.)

    May 29, 2007