rill

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[ ril ]
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noun
  1. a small rivulet or brook.

Origin of rill

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1530–40; <Dutch or Low German; compare Frisian ril

Other definitions for rill (2 of 2)

rill2

or rille

[ ril ]

nounAstronomy.
  1. any of certain long, narrow, straight or sinuous trenches or valleys observed on the surface of the moon.

Origin of rill

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1885–90; <German Rille;see rill1

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How to use rill in a sentence

  • Chief and most musical among these signs were the almost forgotten sounds of dropping water, and tinkling rills.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • John Willie, eating his supper almost savagely, had some ado to reply politely to June's rills of pretty speech.

    Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
  • In rainy weather the tiny rills which descend the fells precipitate themselves into these black gulfs and disappear.

  • Fair Sabrina, for this aid I pray that all the pretty rills will never cease to flow into your broad river.

  • No water is visible anywhere, either in rills or in pools, evaporation keeping pace with the reduction.

    Mount Rainier | Various

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

  1. Also: rille one of many winding cracks on the moon

Origin of rill

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C15: from Low German rille; related to Dutch ril

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