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rill1

[ril] /rɪl/
noun
1.
a small rivulet or brook.
Origin of rill1
1530-1540
1530-40; < Dutch or Low German; compare Frisian ril

rill2

or rille

[ril] /rɪl/
noun, Astronomy.
1.
any of certain long, narrow, straight or sinuous trenches or valleys observed on the surface of the moon.
Origin
1885-90; < German Rille; see rill1
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  • The birds were not in the firs, but in the ash-trees along the course of the rill.

    Round About a Great Estate Richard Jefferies
  • “The head of this rill of water will bring us to the spring,” he said.

  • An' now I understood 'em like I see 'em for the first time, rill face to face.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • Written invites, she rags out in her rill best dress, for parties.

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  • The yard's all lit up nice, like fer comp'ny,' she says, rill pleased.

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  • The minister's wife'd be rill glad to hev you come,' I says.

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  • An' Elspie, she let Eb out the front door herself, like they was rill folks.

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  • The Society was rill large then, an' what happened might 'a' been expected.

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  • It was like other folks was the recipe an' Linda was the rill dish.

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British Dictionary definitions for rill

rill

/rɪl/
noun
1.
a brook or stream; rivulet
2.
a small channel or gulley, such as one formed during soil erosion
3.
Also rille. one of many winding cracks on the moon
Word Origin
C15: from Low German rille; related to Dutch ril
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Word Origin and History for rill
n.

"small brook, rivulet," 1530s, from or related to Dutch and Frisian ril, Low German rille "groove, furrow, running stream," probably from Proto-Germanic *ril- (cf. Old English rið, riþe "brook, stream," which survives only in dialects), a diminutive form from PIE root *reie- "to run, flow" (see Rhine).

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