- 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 runnel
Just before him a runnel of water is gliding, and he bends his head to drink.Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7
Charles H. Sylvester
He had a narrow thread of solid path, and he forced me into a runnel.Miss Cayley's Adventures
When he came again it was on a dark day in November, and every runnel of the fens was swollen.The Path of the King
On our left was the gorge, down which tumbled the runnel of water which I have before mentioned.The Bible in Spain
I went up the field with the lane on my right, down which ran a runnel of water, from which doubtless the house derived its name.Wild Wales
- literary a small stream
C16: from Old English rynele; related to run
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Word Origin and History for runnel
"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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