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1. A tiny falling drop of liquid.
2. A small amount or portion.

[From obsolete drib, to fall in drops, alteration of drip.]


(ˈdrɪblɪt) or


a small quantity or amount, as of liquid
[C17: from obsolete drib to fall bit by bit + -let]


(ˈdrɪb lɪt)

1. a small portion or part, as a drop of liquid.
2. a small or petty sum.
[1590–1600; obsolete drib (v.) (see dribble) + -let]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.driblet - a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)driblet - a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid); "he had a drop too much to drink"; "a drop of each sample was analyzed"; "there is not a drop of pity in that man"; "years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet"--Kipling
tear, teardrop - a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands; "his story brought tears to her eyes"
raindrop - a drop of rain
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
droplet - a tiny drop
eyedrop, eye-drop - a drop from an eye dropper


A quantity of liquid falling or resting in a spherical mass:


[ˈdrɪblɪt] Nadarme m
in dribletspor adarmes


n (= drop)Tropfen m; in dribletskleckerweise (inf); driblets of intelligence began to come throughInformationen fingen an durchzusickern
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Some minutes before midday the first driblets of metal began to flow; the reservoirs filled little by little; and, by the time that the whole melting was completely accomplished, it was kept in abeyance for a few minutes in order to facilitate the separation of foreign substances.
I have a little money of my own from my mother's estate, which my father sends me by driblets.
Driblets of water trickled from a dilapidated fountain in the middle.
Why, if this bubble hadn't broken now," he said, tearing the letter he had written into fragments and moodily casting them away, by driblets, "how could I have gone abroad?
It is these little driblets, distributed among too many, that do the harm.
Give out by driblets, and never inquire for odds and ends,--it isn't best.
Until then the nose of the chevalier was ever delicate and nice; never had a damp black blotch, nor an amber drop fall from it; but now that nose, smeared with tobacco around the nostrils, degraded by the driblets which took advantage of the natural gutter placed between itself and the upper lip,--that nose, which no longer cared to seem agreeable, revealed the infinite pains which the chevalier had formerly taken with his person, and made observers comprehend, by the extent of its degradation, the greatness and persistence of the man's designs upon Mademoiselle Cormon.
Activists have been demanding for long that India release all quantified and desegregated data of the decennial census soon after the census exercise is over, instead of releasing it in driblets to suit its political imperatives and motives.
Liddell Hart railed against the piecemeal application of force: "If the British had used at the outset even a fair proportion of the forces they ultimately expended in driblets, it is clear from Turkish accounts that victory would have crowned the undertaking.
Unless you enjoy the feeling of your shirt stuck to your back and constant sweat driblets cascading down your temples, winter is, by far, the best time to visit Middle East destinations like Abu Dhabi.
the house partaking too of that air of scaling desolation, not having suffered from invasion but a shell marooned and forgotten in a backwater of catastrophe--a skeleton giving of itself in slow driblets of furniture and carpet, linen and silver, to help to die torn and anguished men.
That speeds up sweating and boils off driblets of water left over in pipes if you're soldering existing plumbing.