Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tiny falling drop of liquid.
  • noun A small amount or portion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small piece or part; any inconsiderable part of a whole: as, the money was paid in driblets; the food was doled out in driblets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small portion or part.
  • noun A small or petty sum.

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

  • noun a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid)

Etymologies

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

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

Examples

  • It was nothing short of a miracle, an Elf offering to tell him everything without having to coax it out, driblet by driblet!

    Tran Siberian

  • The questions immediately posed to us by this nasty driblet of history are clear: Who was crazy?

    Dan Agin: A Demon in the Head I: Madness and Murderous Violence

  • Edgar noticed that Clyde was wearing a necktie with a driblet design.

    Underworld

  • Edgar noticed that Clyde was wearing a necktie with a driblet design.

    Underworld

  • Edgar noticed that Clyde was wearing a necktie with a driblet design.

    Underworld

  • It was nothing short of a miracle, an Elf offering to tell him everything without having to coax it out, driblet by driblet!

    The Outstretched Shadow

  • With this driblet in the tide Herod held Qushmarrah.

    The Tower of Fear

  • A driblet of water emerged from the spring to flow along a winding channel and finally trickle down into the chasm.

    A Spell For Chameleon

  • A driblet of water emerged from the spring to flow along a winding channel and finally trickle down into the chasm.

    A Spell For Chameleon

  • It's miles wide, you see, at the entrance, but later on it is split into two by the Hohenhörn bank: then it gets shallow and very complicated, and ends in a mere tidal driblet with another name.

    The Riddle of the Sands

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  • See aphorism.

    October 14, 2007