Definition of rill in English:


Syllabification: rill


1A small stream.
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  • The rill was a parched ravine now, as though some convulsion of the earth had bled the region dry of its lifeblood.
  • Slowing as Sara's viewpoint neared the surface, more and more details became clearer - craters large and small, passing rills and distant mountains, boulders everywhere.
  • A linked watercourse is planned, with cascades, ponds and rills.
1.1A shallow channel cut in the ground by running water.
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  • The characteristic forms of water erosion are rills and gullies.
  • These streams appear from the crevices of the rocks running through rills and gullies.
  • Flow velocity increases, and the increased energy detaches more soil particles and transports them in tiny channels called rills.
1.2 variant spelling of rille.


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1(Of water) flow in or as in a rill: the springwater rilled over our cold hands
1.1 (as adjective rilled) Indented with small grooves: blocks of butter pounded into artful shapes with rilled paddles


mid 16th century: probably of Low German origin.

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