a small stream; brook; rivulet.
a small channel, as for water.
- Also run·let [ruhn-lit]. /ˈrʌn lɪt/.
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How to use runnel in a sentence
Clear water trickled through a wooden runnel into a great stone trough outside near the door.The White Peacock | D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Thus it is possible that a runnel of the blood of "le grand monarque" tripped through Burton's veins.The Life of Sir Richard Burton | Thomas Wright
It took me the whole day to reach the patch,—which I found indeed a forest—but not a rudiment of brook or runnel had I crossed!Lilith | George MacDonald
Peebles had disappeared; Dake lay in his rags on the ground; runnel rocked slowly, like a pendulum, in his ceaseless pain.The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
And I stood on the curb watching the iridescent ooze of the sewage in a runnel of the street seep along like a sick snake.Children of the Market Place | Edgar Lee Masters
British Dictionary definitions for runnel
literary a small stream
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