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rill

also rille  (rĭl)
n.
1. A small brook; a rivulet.
2. Variant of rille.

[Low German rille or Dutch ril, running stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.]

rill

(rɪl)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a brook or stream; rivulet
2. (Physical Geography) a small channel or gulley, such as one formed during soil erosion
3. (Astronomy) Also: rille one of many winding cracks on the moon
[C15: from Low German rille; related to Dutch ril]

rill1

(rɪl)

n.
a small rivulet or brook.
[1530–40; < Dutch or Low German; compare Frisian ril]

rill2

or rille

(rɪl)

n.
any of certain long, narrow trenches or valleys observed on the surface of the moon.
[1885–90; < German Rille; see rill1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rill - a small streamrill - a small stream      
stream, watercourse - a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
2.rill - a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion)
channel - a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels; "the ship went aground in the channel"
Translations

rill

[rɪl] N (= liter) → arroyo m, riachuelo m

rill

n (poet)Bächlein nt
References in classic literature ?
At length Uncas, whose activity had enabled him to achieve his portion of the task the soonest, raked the earth across the turbid little rill which ran from the spring, and diverted its course into another channel.
It grows as steadily as the rill oozes out of the ground.
This gorge was dammed and the waters of the lake collected: the Susquehanna was converted into a rill.
Hence he determined to abandon himself to the stream of feeling, and perhaps was surprised to find what an exceedingly shallow rill it was.
If at the present time two or three showers of rain were to fall annually, instead of one, as now is the case during as many years, a small rill of water would probably be formed in this great valley; and then, by irrigation (which was formerly so well understood by the Indians), the soil would easily be rendered sufficiently productive to support a few families.
I felt assured now of what it was, and from the bottom of my heart I pitied this last feeble rill from the great flood of humanity.
nothing earthly save the thrill Of melody in woodland rill - Or (music of the passion-hearted) Joy's voice so peacefully departed That like the murmur in the shell, Its echo dwelleth and will dwell - Oh, nothing of the dross of ours - Yet all the beauty - all the flowers That list our Love, and deck our bowers - Adorn yon world afar, afar - The wandering star.
I discerned in the course of the morning that Thornfield Hall was a changed place: no longer silent as a church, it echoed every hour or two to a knock at the door, or a clang of the bell; steps, too, often traversed the hall, and new voices spoke in different keys below; a rill from the outer world was flowing through it; it had a master: for my part, I liked it better.
Aramis, a voice within me speaks and seems to trickle forth a rill of light within my darkness: it is a voice that has never yet deceived me.
They then fell upon each other's neck and wept scalding rills down each other's spine in token of their banishment to the Realm of Ineffable Bosh.
Meantime, after much splashing, Robin had gotten to his feet and stood gazing about him all bewildered, the water running from him in pretty little rills.
Down the sides of every great rib of pure ice poured limpid rills in gutters carved by their own attrition; better still, wherever a rock had lain, there was now a bowl-shaped hole, with smooth white sides and bottom of ice, and this bowl was brimming with water of such absolute clearness that the careless observer would not see it at all, but would think the bowl was empty.