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

  • n. A rivulet.

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  • n. A small stream or brook.
  • n. a wine measure, equivalent to 18 gallons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little run or stream; a streamlet; a brook.
  • n. Same as rundlet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little rivulet or stream; a runnel.
  • n. See rundlet.


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From run +‎ -let. Compare runnel.

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From Middle English, from Old French rondelet ("roundlet"). More at roundlet.


  • Bradford also mentions the filling of a "runlet" with water at the Cape.

    The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Complete

  • The wine was excellent, notwithstanding its having been brought in a runlet from Edinburgh; and the habits of the Marquis, when engaged with such good cheer, were somewhat sedentary.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • I wonder whether your little runlet of wedding peace is better than the raging torrent of my love!

    Letters of Two Brides

  • He did not recognise that this tiniest runlet which fell back at once was of the same element as the tidal wave which had swept over him yesternight.

    Red Pottage

  • He halted at a little runlet among the fields, and considered the hoof-pitted bank.


  • From this rock a silver runlet issued into the sunlight.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • The twelfth, a runlet of unpolished gold, covered with a small vine of large Indian pearl of Topiarian work.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • A single runlet of blood, incredibly bright in the gray day, slipped from the comer of his mouth.

    The Waste Lands

  • As I knotted my choice into a square of seal-foam, Valcyr came walking, with that particular sure-footed daintiness of her species, along the bank of the small runlet.

    The Zero Stone

  • Then Red-Cap bobbed away at a corner cupboard, until he extracted therefrom a small keg or runlet of St. Croix rum of most ripe age and choice flavor, some of which, by an adroit and experienced crook of the elbow, he managed to insinuate into the milk, which, with a little brown sugar, he stirred up carefully and deliberately with a large spoon,

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses


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  • "Every inch of the dry, inhospitable hills was used. Tiny houses were everywhere. I saw water trucks drawn by oxen and women washing in every mantled pool or runlet of green water."

    - 'The São Francisco', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008