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

  • n. A small rill.

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  • n. A little rill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little rill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little rill; a brook; a rivulet.


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rill ("small stream”, “brook”, “rivulet") + either -et or -let


  • But any reader might be pardoned for not at once divining that the double rillet of minstrelsy, on page 37, was the Troubadour and the Trouvere, nor for refusing to read pages 155 and 156 without a tolerable outfit of information upon the historical points and personages there catalogued.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • As a rillet among the sedge are thy hands upon me; 20

    Dance Figure

  • As the sun rose, Sweetheart and her sailor glided through a gap in the sand reef that closed the lagoon in, luffed, and as a great cloud of nesting pelicans rose from their dirty town on the flats, ran softly upon the inner sands, where a rillet, a mere thread of sweet water, trickled across the white beach.

    Strong Hearts

  • The wide river of a world's life, to which the rillet of her own small existence had been carelessly winding, was all at once clearly in sight.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi

  • Ramsey clutched the old man's arm, pressed curls and brow against it, and laughed in a rillet of pure silver.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi

  • Behold the mountain rillet, become a brook, become a torrent, how it inarms a handsome boulder: yet if the stone will not go with it, on it hurries, pursuing self in extension, down to where perchance a dam has been raised of a sufficient depth to enfold and keep it from inordinate restlessness.

    The Egoist

  • By that secret the mystery of the organ is legible: and a comparison of the heart to the mountain rillet is taken up to show us the unbaffled force of the little channel in seeking to swell its volume, strenuously, sinuously, ever in pursuit of self; the busiest as it is the most single-aiming of forces on our earth.

    The Egoist

  • A single tent stood in a gully running from one of the gravel-pits of the heath, near an iron-red rillet, and a girl of Kiomi's tribe leaned over the lazy water at half length, striking it with her handkerchief.

    The Adventures of Harry Richmond — Complete

  • Then was heard such a rillet of dialogue without scandal or politics, as nowhere else in Britain; all vowed it subsequently; for to the remembrance it seemed magical.

    Diana of the Crossways — Complete


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