- to flow or fall by drops, or in a small, gentle stream: Tears trickled down her cheeks.
- to come, go, or pass bit by bit, slowly, or irregularly: The guests trickled out of the room.
- to cause to trickle.
- a trickling flow or stream.
- a small, slow, or irregular quantity of anything coming, going, or proceeding: a trickle of visitors throughout the day.
Origin of trickle
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Examples from the Web for trickle
Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, many old Nazis managed discreetly to trickle back to what they regarded as the Fatherland.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
In the meantime, much of the book is already available online, and scholarly criticism has already started to trickle in.Jesus Christ, Baby Daddy?
November 12, 2014
Months after the president stepped in to save the Yazidis from genocide, the airstrikes have slowed to a trickle.Yazidis Face Genocide by ISIS After U.S. Turns Away
November 4, 2014
In days of yore, blood on screen was to be feared: think the trickle of blood signaling defilement in old vampire movies.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep
October 3, 2014
By the time Sotloff arrived in town, the flow of journalists in and out of Aleppo had diminished to less than a trickle.Was U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?
September 2, 2014
The huge still continued to trickle forth its alcoholic sweat.L'Assommoir
There was a trickle of water down the quarsteel he was leaning against!Under Arctic Ice
If this is a trickle then Noah's flood couldn't have been more than a splash.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
In Fig. 151, an example of connections for a "Trickle" charge is given.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
The sweat was beginning to trickle in the hair of the fat cattle.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- to run or cause to run in thin or slow streamsshe trickled the sand through her fingers
- (intr) to move, go, or pass graduallythe crowd trickled away
- a thin, irregular, or slow flow of something
- the act of trickling
Word Origin and History for trickle
late 14c., possibly a shortened variant of stricklen "to trickle," a frequentative form of striken "to flow, move" (see strike). Related: Trickled; trickling. Trickle-down as an adjectival phrase in an economic sense first recorded 1944; the image had been in use at least since Teddy Roosevelt.
1570s, from trickle (v.).