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1A small stream of water or another liquid.‘sweat ran in rivulets down his back’
trickle, dribble, drip, drop, droplet, stream, rivulet, runnelView synonyms
- ‘He wiped upwards from where the rivulet of blood was running down his arm and up to the puncture.’
- ‘A small rivulet of water had come off from the main stream, and had formed a clear puddle about two feet across.’
- ‘She felt frozen, rooted to her chair, beads of sweat forming and pouring in tiny rivulets down her back.’
- ‘It is possible to swallow, but expect the odd rivulet of saliva to escape down your chin.’
- ‘A small rivulet of blood trailed down the screen.’
- ‘The liquid coursed down the fabric in rivulets and emptied into a semicircular metal basin below, producing the murmurous sound of a steady downpour.’
- ‘At one point, Parry struck himself in the face, and for the rest of the set he performed with a thin rivulet of blood running down his cheek.’
- ‘The titanium container smashed into the ground, and a small rivulet of fuchsia trickled out.’
- ‘The sun falling upon my back has turned the dampness beneath my hair to wet, a tiny rivulet of sweat trickling down my spine.’
- ‘Beads of perspiration rolled merrily along my hairline and flowed down the shallow rivulet between eye and nose.’
- ‘Things that Ramis thinks are funny - such as sweat pouring in rivulets off a basketball player's face - don't work, and the saccharine sweet ending strikes the wrong note.’
- ‘Tilting his canvases at steep angles, Ross drips thin pigmented rivulets from top to bottom.’
- ‘Several rivulets of the water spread toward the perimeter of the room.’
- ‘The overall presentation of Hero is so tastefully restrained that a tiny rivulet of blood is all that ever flows after a fighter is mortally wounded.’
- ‘A permanent coating of titanium oxide causes rainwater to slide in cleansing sheets rather than in dirt-streaked rivulets.’
- ‘In one he mixed oil-and water-based paint to create tiny rivulets where the two come into contact.’
- ‘Her stockings are ruined and a rivulet of blood trickles from one of her knees.’
- ‘Stubbornly, he rolled over and refused to wake, a thin rivulet of droll dripping from his chin.’
- ‘Some of the liquid evaporates with a soft hiss; the rest descends in sad rivulets.’
- ‘Some of the liquids spilled out onto the gallery floor in small puddles and rivulets.’
- 1.1literary A very small river or stream.
brook, rivulet, rill, runnel, streamlet, freshetView synonyms
- ‘Tracing the rivulet a hundred paces from the highway, she found the spring that fed it.’
- ‘It took her to a small rivulet that branched off from the main rush of the creek.’
- ‘Arthur was the first one to greet the rivulet; nearly falling off the ten-foot cliff edge that dangled it's face over the waters of the creek.’
2A brownish European moth with white markings, occurring in rough grassland.
Late 16th century: alteration of obsolete riveret (from French, literally small river), perhaps suggested by Italian rivoletto, diminutive of rivolo, based on Latin rivus stream.
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