• WordNet 3.6
    • v trickle 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"
    • n trickle flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid "there's a drip through the roof"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Trickle trĭk"k'l To flow in a small, gentle stream; to run in drops. "His salt tears trickled down as rain.""Fast beside there trickled softly down
      A gentle stream."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trickle To flow in a small interrupted stream; run down in drops: as, water trickles from the eaves.
    • trickle To let fall a liquid in drops or small broken streams; drip.
    • trickle To pass or flow gently like a small stream.
    • trickle To cause to trickle; pour or shed in small, slow streams.
    • n trickle A trickling stream; a rill.
    • n trickle See the quotation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Trickle trik′l to flow gently or in a small stream
    • n Trickle a trickling rill
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  • Arthur Somers Roche
    Arthur Somers Roche
    “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    “Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!”
  • Elias Canetti
    “The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.”
  • Arthur Somers Rache
    Arthur Somers Rache
    “Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. triklen, probably for striklen, freq. of striken, to flow, AS. strīcan,. See Strike (v. t.)


In literature:

The first day's march brought them to a tiny trickle of water in the center of a drift, where they outspanned.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
The sweat trickled into their eyes but the heat of the cabin was excuse for this.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
But I want a drink of water I hear trickling over there.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There was a loud, a deafening report, a shrill scream, and a stream of blood trickled forth from the pack.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
A tear trickled down his cheeks, and he saw two little children, a boy and a girl, playing together.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
It dried up any trickle of pity for him that may have remained in the pirate's infuriated breast.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
They reached the far side of the cave, picked a six-foot tunnel which trended upward, a trickle of water seeping out of the dark mouth.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
The rain was trickling from her Tam-o-Shanter; but she was oblivious of all, save the far remote danger.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
And presently several drops of rain fell and trickled down the wind-shield of the car.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Alan saw a little trickle of sweat burst out on Quantrell's cheek.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg

In poetry:

Thou, in thy domain of pleasure,
Crush the thorns through Jesus' crown;
Making men laugh at His passions,
And the blood that's trickling down.
"Fashion" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Whence then should doubts and fears arise?
Why trickling sorrows drown our eyes?
Slowly, alas! our mind receives
The comfort that our Maker gives.
"Hymn 60" by Isaac Watts
That eye dropp'd sense distinct and clear
As any Muse's tongue could speak,
When from its lid a pearly tear
Ran trickling down her beauteous cheek.
"The Garland" by Matthew Prior
A mither in Israel sae truly was she
That het tears doun trickl'd frae mony an e'e
Amang us that sorrowfu' day she was ta'en;
Sae skilfu', sae haunie, an' helpfu' was nane.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
The task be MINE to soothe thee to repose,
To check the sigh, and wipe the trickling tear,
Or with soft SYMPATHY to share thy woes;
O, proudest rapture of the soul sincere !
"Stanzas to a Friend" by Mary Darby Robinson
And as the little boat to the sufferers drew near,
Poor souls, they tried to raise a cheer;
But as they gazed upon the heroic Grace,
The big tears trickled down each sufferer's face.
"Grace Darling or "The Wreck of the Forfarshire"" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Now the reds are trickling in.
For Nate Silver, the Late Apologies Are Trickling In.
Hornady's new Quick Trickle precision powder dispenser is simple and easy to set up and use.
Why 'trickle down' economics don't work.
The videos of people jumping into ponds, lakes, and oceans as part of a New Year's Day tradition are trickling in.
Trickle-down economics and big killer robots.
TRICKLING IN Ballots began trickling into the Adams County clerk's office in the county courthouse at approximately 6:35 pm Tuesday, and 45 minutes later the county's primary election was history.
The trickle-down effect of California campaign funding.
The rest of the ballots are on their way to Bridgeport, over the river and through the woods, trickling in from all across the county.
The European economy is tanking – and trickle-down austerity is to blame.
Details are starting to trickle in.
The RCOC and city officials also discussed economic development and the subsequent trickle down effect on roadways .
Word trickled out during Sunday's game that LeBron James rode his bike to AmericanAirlines Arena.
The countdown clock ticked down toward midnight, and the news was still trickling out, even with Twitter flashing constant updates.
More details trickle out about the big donors behind a Montana-based nonprofit that's fighting election spending limits.

In science:

Only a trickle can trigger a flood once the market as a whole has evolved into an unsustainable unstable position.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
On the other hand, as evidence of quantum processing effects in biology trickles in, it appears that Nature is equipped for tackling environmental intrusion.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
This work is written up in the paper 'Why Money Trickles Up' which can be downloaded at
The Bowley Ratio
This does not necessarily mean that xenon is not condensing in the condenser: we would not expect the level sensor to detect liquid condensing on the walls of the condenser tubes and trickling down.
The LUX Prototype Detector: Heat Exchanger Development
Evans, S. N., Gr¨ubel, R. and Wakolbinger, A. (2012) Trickle-down processes and their boundaries.
Refined Quicksort asymptotics