What does trickle mean?

Definitions for trickle
ˈtrɪk əltrick·le

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word trickle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. drip, trickle, dribbleverb

    flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid

    "there's a drip through the roof"

  2. trickle, dribble, filterverb

    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

    "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in"


  1. tricklenoun

    A very thin river.

    The brook had shrunk to a mere trickle.

  2. tricklenoun

    A very thin flow; the act of trickling.

    The tap of the washbasin in my bedroom is leaking and the trickle drives me mad at night.

  3. trickleverb

    to pour a liquid in a very thin stream, or so that drops fall continuously

    The doctor trickled some iodine on the wound.

  4. trickleverb

    to flow in a very thin stream or drop continuously

  5. trickleverb

    To move or roll slowly.

  6. Etymology: Originally of tears; from strickle, frequentative of strike, by elision (probably because tears trickle is easier to pronounce than tears strickle).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Trickleverb

    To fall in drops; to rill in a slender stream.

    He, prick’d with pride,
    Forth spurred fast; adown his courser’s side
    The red blood trickling, stain’d the way. Fa. Qu. b. i.

    Fast beside there trickled softly down
    A gentle stream, whose murm’ring wave did play
    Amongst the pumy stones, and made a sound
    To lull him soft asleep that by it lay. Fa. Qu. b. ii.

    Some noises help sleep; as, the blowing of the wind, and trickling of water, as moving in the spirits a gentle attention, which stilleth the discursive motion. Francis Bacon.

    He wakened by the trickling of his blood. Richard Wiseman.

    Beneath his ear the fast’ned arrow stood,
    And from the wound appear’d the trickling blood. Dryden.

    All at once his grief and rage appear’d,
    And floods of tears ran trickling down his beard. Dryden.

    He lay stretch’d along, his eyes fixt upward,
    And ever and anon a silent tear
    Stole down, and trickled from his hoary beard. Dryden.

    The emblems of honour wrought on the front in the brittle materials above-mentioned, trickled away under the first impressions of the heat. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 28.

    Imbrown’d with native bronze, lo! Henly stands,
    Tuning his voice and balancing his hands:
    How fluent nonsense trickles from his tongue!
    How sweet the periods, neither said nor sung. Alexander Pope.

    They empty heads console with empty sound.
    No more, alas! the voice of fame they hear,
    The balm of dulness trickling in their ear. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    The frost resolves into a trickling thaw. James Thomson, Winter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trickleverb

    to flow in a small, gentle stream; to run in drops


  1. Trickle

    Trickle is the second and most recent album from English trip-hop band Olive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trickle

    trik′l, v.i. to flow gently or in a small stream.—n. a trickling rill.—n. Trick′let, a little rill.—adj. Trick′ly, trickling. [M. E. triklen, prob. for striklen, freq. of striken, to go.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trickle in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trickle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of trickle in a Sentence

  1. Allen Campbell:

    [Tom] doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory, so no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I’m very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation.

  2. Jared Bernstein:

    One thing that you have to watch for is people just tacking the words poverty and inequality onto a pre-existing agenda that has very little to do with addressing those problems, for the most part, I hear lots of the same trickle-down economics that helped to get us into this mess in the first place.

  3. Lucas Chancel:

    The work that we've been doing really shows that, in fact, these claims -- or this idea of trickle-down economics -- does not pass the scrutiny of data, key lessons from the past 40 years of data is that the cuts in top tax rates have not triggered prosperity for all, as they were supposed to trigger.

  4. Bryan Stern:

    More and more trickle up every day, i was a 9/11 first responder in the Army. I was in Afghanistan when Bin Laden was killed, and 20 years later, I’m still dealing with this problem.

  5. Matthew Messer:

    I was offering $ 18 - $ 22 an hour and I got no applications. I increased it to $ 23 and I got none. I increased it to $ 25 and they're starting to trickle in right now, it was a dramatic increase, but in order to grow the business, I need technicians.

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Translations for trickle

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  • Rinnsal, Tröpfeln, Getröpfel, träufelnGerman
  • instilar, chorrear, riachueloSpanish
  • noro, valuttaa, valua, puro, noruttaa, noruaFinnish
  • ruisseauFrench
  • sheelManx
  • gocciolio, gocciolare, sgocciolio, sgocciolareItalian
  • stillareLatin
  • whakamāturu, whakamāturuturu, māturu, tohihī, māturuturu, koreto, kotokotoMāori
  • dryppeNorwegian
  • струйка, ручеёкRussian
  • droppandeSwedish

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