AskDefine | Define runnel

Dictionary Definition

runnel n : a small stream [syn: rivulet, rill, run, streamlet]

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English

Etymology

An alteration of an earlier form rinel (from Old English rynel), by assimilation with run.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a small stream, a rivulet
    • 1998: great chambers in the rock where all sorts of plants were growing, under windows which had been cut to let in the sun, and glazed to adjust his warmth, and where runnels of water ran between fruit trees and seedlings — AS Byatt, Elementals

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adolescent stream, aqueduct, arroyo, beck, bed, bourn, braided stream, branch, brook, brooklet, bum, burn, canal, channel, creek, creek bed, crick, culvert, donga, dry bed, flowing stream, flume, fluviation, fresh, freshet, gill, gulch, gully, gullyhole, headrace, irrigation ditch, kill, lazy stream, meandering stream, midchannel, midstream, millstream, moving road, navigable river, nullah, race, racing stream, river, river bed, riverway, rivulet, run, rundle, runlet, sike, sluice, spill stream, spillbox, spillway, stream, stream action, stream bed, streamlet, streamway, subterranean river, swash, swash channel, tailrace, wadi, water carrier, water channel, water furrow, water gap, water gate, watercourse, waterway, waterworks
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