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riv·u·let

 (rĭv′yə-lĭt)
n.
A small brook or stream; a streamlet.

[Possibly from Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, small stream, from Latin rīvulus, diminutive of rīvus, stream; see rei- in Indo-European roots.]
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rivulet

(ˈrɪvjʊlɪt)
n
(Physical Geography) a small stream
[C16: from Italian rivoletto, from Latin rīvulus, from rīvus stream]
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riv•u•let

(ˈrɪv yə lɪt)

n.
a small stream; streamlet; brook.
[1580–90; < Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo < Latin rīvulus, diminutive of rīvus stream]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rivulet - a small streamrivulet - a small stream      
stream, watercourse - a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
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Translations

rivulet

[ˈrɪvjʊlɪt] Nriachuelo m, arroyuelo m
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rivulet

[ˈrɪvjʊlət] nruisseau m
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rivulet

nFlüsschen nt, → Bach m
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rivulet

[ˈrɪvjʊlɪt] n (frm) → rivolo
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References in classic literature ?
'Tis said that when The hands of men Tamed this primeval wood, And hoary trees with groans of woe, Like warriors by an unknown foe, Were in their strength subdued, The virgin Earth Gave instant birth To springs that ne'er did flow That in the sun Did rivulets run, And all around rare flowers did blow The wild rose pale Perfumed the gale And the queenly lily adown the dale(Whom the sun and the dew And the winds did woo), With the gourd and the grape luxuriant grew.
The variety of more minute interests, which will necessarily fall under the superintendence of the local administrations, and which will form so many rivulets of influence, running through every part of the society, cannot be particularized, without involving a detail too tedious and uninteresting to compensate for the instruction it might afford.
I thought that the fountain-head of my tears had now been dried up, but I have been mistaken, for I must confess that the briny rivulets descended fast on my furrowed cheeks, she was such a winning Child, and had such a regard for me and always came and told me all her little things, and as she was now speaking, some of her little prattle was very taking, and the lively images of these things intrude themselves more into my mind than they should do, but there is allowance for moderate grief on such occasions.
It is generally killed with the spear in small rivulets, and smoked for winter provision.
His face, composed of red and white, like that of the Madonna of Vandyke, was furrowed by two silver rivulets which had dug their beds in his cheeks, as full formerly as they had become flabby since his grief began.
The nearer the travelers came to the great city the more prosperous the country became, and they crossed many bridges over the sparkling streams and rivulets that watered the lands.
It reminds you of a placid rivulet, meandering smoothly through green pastures and shaded by pleasant trees, till at last it falls into the vasty sea; but the sea is so calm, so silent, so indifferent, that you are troubled suddenly by a vague uneasiness.
The next day we crossed over the top of the mountain, and upon the other side we came to a tiny rivulet which we followed down into a great forest.
A tiny rivulet of cold water trickled outward from the opening.
At Athens too the disposition of the citizens is not the same, for those who live in the Piraeus are more attached to a popular government than those who live in the city properly so called; for as the interposition of a rivulet, however small, will occasion the line of the phalanx to fluctuate, so any trifling disagreement will be the cause of seditions; but they will not so soon flow from anything else as from the disagreement between virtue and vice, and next to that between poverty and riches, and so on in order, one cause having more influence than another; one of which that I last mentioned.
Here, not merely the river itself, but every rivulet flowing into it, was dammed up by communities of industrious beavers, so as to inundate the neighborhood, and make continual swamps.
It was during one of my lonely journeyings, amid a far distant region of mountain locked within mountain, and sad rivers and melancholy tarn writhing or sleeping within all -- that I chanced upon a certain rivulet and island.