from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To flow or fall in drops or in a thin stream.
  • intransitive v. To move or proceed slowly or bit by bit: The audience trickled in.
  • transitive v. To cause to trickle.
  • n. The act or condition of trickling.
  • n. A slow, small, or irregular quantity that moves, proceeds, or occurs intermittently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very thin river.
  • n. A very thin flow; the act of trickling.
  • v. to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously
  • v. to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously
  • v. To move or roll slowly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or state of trickling; also, that which trickles; a small stream; drip.
  • intransitive v. To flow in a small, gentle stream; to run in drops.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To flow in a small interrupted stream; run down in drops: as, water trickles from the eaves.
  • To let fall a liquid in drops or small broken streams; drip.
  • To pass or flow gently like a small stream.
  • To cause to trickle; pour or shed in small, slow streams.
  • n. A trickling stream; a rill.
  • n. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
  • v. run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream


Middle English triklen, perhaps variant of striklen, frequentative of striken, to flow; see strike.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally of tears; from strickle, frequentative of to strike, by elision (probably because tears trickle is easier to pronounce than tears strickle). (Wiktionary)


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