- a small stream; brook; rivulet.
- a small channel, as for water.
Also run·let [ruhn-lit] /ˈrʌn lɪt/.
Origin of runnel
1570–80; run (noun) + -el diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for runlet
A frog was croaking in a runlet; there was a faint spicy scent of lemons.Villa Rubein and Other Stories
Pass the runlet; and at its third round, I'll tell you why we came.
Step to the boat, Soto, and bring us that runlet of Hollands.
Bradford also mentions the filling of a "runlet" with water at the Cape.The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete
"Let us bathe our faces and heads in the runlet," he suggested urgently.The Wolf Cub
- archaic a cask for wine, beer, etc
C14: from Old French rondelet roundlet
- literary a small stream
C16: from Old English rynele; related to run
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Word Origin and History for runlet
"rivulet," 1570s, in Hakluyt, alteration of Middle English ryneil, from Old English rinelle, rynel, a diminutive of ryne "a stream" (see run (n.)).
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