trickle

  • 1 trickle — trick‧le [ˈtrɪkl] verb [intransitive] to move somewhere slowly and in very small numbers or amounts: • Only four or five customers had trickled in by 11:30. • Details of the programs have trickled out over the past weeks, but haven t been widely …

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  • 2 trickle — (v.) late 14c., possibly an aphetic variant of stricklen to trickle, a frequentative form of striken to flow, move (see STRIKE (Cf. strike)). Related: Trickled; trickling. The noun is 1570s, from the verb. Trickle down as an adjectival phrase in… …

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  • 3 trickle — ► VERB 1) (of a liquid) flow in a small stream. 2) (trickle down) (of wealth) gradually benefit the poorest as a result of the increasing wealth of the richest. 3) come or go slowly or gradually. ► NOUN 1) a small flow of liquid. 2) a small group …

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  • 4 trickle — [trik′əl] vi. trickled, trickling [ME triklen < ?] 1. to flow slowly in a thin stream or fall in drops 2. to move, come, go, etc. little by little [the crowd trickled away] vt. to cause to trickle n. 1. the act of trickling …

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  • 5 Trickle — Tric kle (tr[i^]k k l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trickled} (tr[i^]k k ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Trickling} (tr[i^]k kl[i^]ng).] [OE. triklen, probably for striklen, freq. of striken to flow, AS. str[imac]can. See {Strike}, v. t.] To flow in a small,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Trickle — Tric kle, n. The act or state of trickling; also, that which trickles; a small stream; drip. Streams that . . . are short and rapid torrents after a storm, but at other times dwindle to feeble trickles of mud. James Bryce. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …

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  • 7 trickle — index distill, exude, paucity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 trickle — [v] run out crawl, creep, distill, dribble, drip, drop, exude, flow, issue, leak, ooze, percolate, seep, stream, trill, weep; concepts 146,179 Ant. flow …

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  • 9 Trickle Up — [http://www.trickleup.org Trickle Up] is a nonprofit international development organization that empowers people living on less than $1 a day to take their first steps out of poverty. Founded in 1979 by Glenn Leet and Mildred Robbins Leet,… …

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  • 10 trickle — trick|le1 [ˈtrıkəl] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from the sound] 1.) if liquid trickles somewhere, it flows slowly in drops or in a thin stream trickle down/into/out ▪ The tears trickled down her cheeks. 2.) …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 trickle — trick|le1 [ trıkl ] verb intransitive 1. ) if a liquid or a substance such as sand trickles somewhere, a small amount of it flows there slowly: A solitary tear trickled down his cheek. We let the sand trickle between our toes. 2. ) if people or… …

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  • 12 trickle — I UK [ˈtrɪk(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms trickle : present tense I/you/we/they trickle he/she/it trickles present participle trickling past tense trickled past participle trickled 1) if a liquid or a substance such as sand trickles… …

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  • 13 trickle — [[t]trɪ̱k(ə)l[/t]] trickles, trickling, trickled 1) V ERG When a liquid trickles, or when you trickle it, it flows slowly in very small amounts. [V prep/adv] A tear trickled down the old man s cheek... [V n] Trickle water gently over the back of… …

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  • 14 Trickle — Infobox Album Name = Trickle Type = Album Artist = Olive Released = May 30, 2000 Recorded = The Tree House, Derbyshire; Britannia Row, London; Area 21, London; The Square Centre, Nottingham Genre = Trip hop Length = 59:05 Label = Maverick… …

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  • 15 trickle — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ small, thin ▪ constant, steady ▪ a constant trickle of water ▪ slow ▪ …

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  • 16 trickle — 1 verb (intransitive always + adv/prep) 1 if liquid trickles somewhere, it flows slowly in drops or in a thin stream (+ down/into/out): The tears trickled down her cheeks. 2 if people, vehicles, goods etc trickle somewhere, they move there slowly …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 trickle — tricklingly, adv. /trik euhl/, v., trickled, trickling, n. v.i. 1. to flow or fall by drops, or in a small, gentle stream: Tears trickled down her cheeks. 2. to come, go, or pass bit by bit, slowly, or irregularly: The guests trickled out of the… …

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  • 18 trickle — 1. noun a) A very thin river. The brook had shrunk to a mere trickle. b) A very thin flow; the act of trickling. The tap of the washbasin in my bedroom is leaking and the trickle drives me mad at night …

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  • 19 trickle — verb 1》 (of a liquid) flow in a small stream. 2》 come or go slowly or gradually: the congregation began to trickle in. 3》 (trickle down) (of wealth) gradually benefit the poorest as a result of the increasing wealth of the richest. noun 1》 a… …

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  • 20 trickle — [ˈtrɪk(ə)l] verb [I] 1) if a liquid trickles somewhere, a small amount of it flows there slowly A tear trickled down his cheek.[/ex] 2) if people or things trickle into or out of a place, a few of them arrive or leave trickle noun [C] …

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