runnel

[ ruhn-l ]
/ ˈrʌn l /

noun

a small stream; brook; rivulet.
a small channel, as for water.

Nearby words

  1. runge-kutta method,
  2. runic,
  3. runjeet singh,
  4. runless,
  5. runlet,
  6. runner,
  7. runner bean,
  8. runner foot,
  9. runner's high,
  10. runner's knee

Also run·let [ruhn-lit] /ˈrʌn lɪt/.

Origin of runnel

1570–80; run (noun) + -el diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for runlet

runlet

/ (ˈrʌnlɪt) /

noun

archaic a cask for wine, beer, etc

Word Origin for runlet

C14: from Old French rondelet roundlet

runnel

/ (ˈrʌnəl) /

noun

literary a small stream

Word Origin for runnel

C16: from Old English rynele; related to run

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Word Origin and History for runlet

runnel

n.

"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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