• WordNet 3.6
    • n rill a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion)
    • n rill a small stream
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rill A very small brook; a streamlet.
    • Rill (Astron) See Rille.
    • v. i Rill To run a small stream.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rill A small brook; a rivulet; a streamlet.
    • n rill A deep, winding valley on the moon.
    • rill To flow in a small stream or rill; run in streamlets; purl.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rill ril a small murmuring brook: a streamlet
    • v.i Rill to flow in small streams
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. rille, a small channel or brook, a furrow, a chamfer, OE. rigol, a small brook, F. rigole, a trench or furrow for water, W. rhill, a row, rhigol, a little ditch. √11


In literature:

At the outset were some little gaps in the path, representing brooks and rills.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
He crossed it on a plank thrown across the rill.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
Then he kneeled and drank at the rill, as if he had been parching in a desert for days.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
The first of the curious objects which he named "rills" was noted by him in 1787.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
A tear rolled down her cheek and its course was that of a rill in a dusty plain.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Our sixths in stream, but not in rill.
"Harper's Young People, June 15, 1880" by Various
I swing from the road and follow this gentle rill; I can not find a better companion now.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
While round thee weave their dance the glad, harmonious rills.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 5. May 1848" by Various
It was fresh and sweet as a fountain-rill.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
Thousands of rills poured from the melting snow, filling the air with a musical tinkle as of many accordant bells.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various

In poetry:

And thy voice comes like the sound
Of a sweet and hidden rill,
That makes the dim woods tuneful round–
But soon it must be still!
"Carolan's Prophecy" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The snows shall come upon the hills,
The valleys, too, with white be spread,
The birds shall whistle by the rills,
The flowers shall their fragrance shed.
"Lines In Memory Of The Late Ven. Archdeacon Elwood, A. M." by Thomas Frederick Young
BESIDE thee, O my river, where I wait
Through vista long of years and drink my fill
Of beauty and of light, a steady rill
Of never-failing good, whate'er my state, --
"The River Charles" by Annie Adams Fields
The tiny scilla, sapphire blue,
Is gently seeping in, to strew
The earth with heaven; and sudden rills
Of sunlit yellow, sweeping through,
Spread into lakes of daffodils.
"Flood-Tide of Flowers" by Henry Van Dyke
Love had he found in huts where poor men lie;
His daily teachers had been woods and rills,
The silence that is in the starry sky,
The sleep that is among the lonely hills.
"Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle" by William Wordsworth
No greater boon could I e'er ask
When I have finished earthly task,
Than quietly to rest,
Surrounded by her vales and hills,
Her laughing lakes and singing rills,
And friends that I love best.
"Poundridge, N. Y." by Jared Barhite

In news:

Rills said Water District No.
Conductor Helmuth Rilling led four soloists in their NSO debuts on Thursday night.
Tyler Rill , Mount St Joseph, wrestling.
After just announcing dates for its upcoming tour with CSS and Neon Indian, Sleigh Bells has premiered its video for " Rill , Rill ," the band's most gentle and sing-songy track from 2010?s debut hit Treats, on MTV.
Back to Hadley Rille .
Architect Jim Rill and his team incorporated a bar and high ceilings in this Potomac family room.
Photo courtesy of Rill Architects.

In science:

Winter, A non-Markovian model of rill erosion.
Subdiffusive and Superdiffusive Exceptional Times in the Dynamical Discrete Web