- 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 trickling
In L.A., the really exhilarant cooking was bubbling up from the bottom, not trickling down from the top.Why Los Angeles Is the Best Food Town in America
November 16, 2013
Palestinians say that armed Jewish settlers have been trickling back to try and reestablish a permanent presence there.Joe Biden to Give Keynote Address at JStreet Conference
September 20, 2013
But the money is not trickling down to the real stars of the show, the student-athletes.Rupert Murdoch Goes All-In on College Sports
March 11, 2013
That capital has been trickling back into government coffers as well.How the Treasury is Turning a Profit on TARP
August 10, 2012
Worksheets, computers—America's hypercompetitive education system is trickling down to preschool.Let Preschoolers Play!
Joyce C. Tang
April 5, 2011
At its highest speed this ticking changed into a continuous sound of trickling.The Secret Agent
At that moment a trickling thrill went through the American.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The trickling process only lasted until the front door was gained.The Law-Breakers
In the middle of it some water was trickling from a couple of taps in the dim gloom.The Fat and the Thin
But now she raised her face, down which two big tears were trickling.Fruitfulness
- 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 trickling
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.).