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1. A rivulet; a brook.
2. A narrow channel or course, as for water.

[Middle English rynel, from Old English, from rinnan, to run; see rei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Physical Geography) literary a small stream
[C16: from Old English rynele; related to run]
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(ˈrʌn l)

also run•let

(ˈrʌn lɪt)

1. a small stream; rivulet.
2. a small channel, as for water.
[1570–80; alter., by assimilation to run (n.), of rinel, Old English rynel(e), rinnele = rin-, base of run + -el -le]
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Noun1.runnel - a small streamrunnel - a small stream      
stream, watercourse - a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
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And while they talked, the voices of the snow-waters round them diminished one by one as the night- frost choked and clogged the runnels.'
In one place a bake-house had been built out into the middle of the roadway; in another a gable protruded, partially obstructing the passage, and yet farther on a mountain stream flowed across it in a runnel. Genestas noticed a fair number of roofs of tarred shingle, but yet more of them were thatched; a few were tiled, and some seven or eight (belonging no doubt to the cure, the justice of the peace, and some of the wealthier townsmen) were covered with slates.
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