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rill Syllabification: rill

Definition of rill in English:


1A small stream.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with rill

bill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, krill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will
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