Definitions

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

  • noun A rivulet; a brook.
  • noun A narrow channel or course, as for water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rivulet or small brook.
  • noun An open channel for a small stream of water or other liquid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rivulet or small brook.

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

  • noun a small stream, a rivulet

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

  • noun a small stream

Etymologies

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

[Middle English rynel, from Old English, from rinnan, to run; see rei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

An alteration of an earlier form rinel (from Old English rynel, by assimilation with run, equivalent to run +‎ -el.

Examples

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  • It is as calm as a dream of paradise

    Out there among the trees, where runnels make

    The only music heard above the sway

    Of branches fingering the leaning moon.

    - Raymond Holden, 'Sugaring'.

    September 21, 2009