- a small stream; brook; rivulet.
- a small channel, as for water.
Origin of runnel
Related Words for runnelrun, tributary, estuary, stream, tide, rush, flow, spate, surge, current, flood, torrent, eaves, duct, tube, dike, pipe, sewer, culvert, rill
Examples from the Web for runnel
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for runnel
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.)).