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Synonyms for rill

a small stream

a small channel (as one formed by soil erosion)

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Even in Calidas' drama of Sacontala, we read of "rills dyed yellow with the golden dust of the lotus." And so the seasons went rolling on into summer, as one rambles into higher and higher grass.
It grows as steadily as the rill oozes out of the ground.
At length Uncas, whose activity had enabled him to achieve his portion of the task the soonest, raked the earth across the turbid little rill which ran from the spring, and diverted its course into another channel.
The whole party now proceeded, following the course of the rill, keeping anxious eyes on the regular impressions.
This gorge was dammed and the waters of the lake collected: the Susquehanna was converted into a rill.
Hence he determined to abandon himself to the stream of feeling, and perhaps was surprised to find what an exceedingly shallow rill it was.
If at the present time two or three showers of rain were to fall annually, instead of one, as now is the case during as many years, a small rill of water would probably be formed in this great valley; and then, by irrigation (which was formerly so well understood by the Indians), the soil would easily be rendered sufficiently productive to support a few families.
-- We set out early in the morning, and by midday reached the ravine of Paypote, where there is a tiny rill of water, with a little vegetation, and even a few algarroba trees, a kind of mimosa.
I felt assured now of what it was, and from the bottom of my heart I pitied this last feeble rill from the great flood of humanity.
nothing earthly save the thrill Of melody in woodland rill - Or (music of the passion-hearted) Joy's voice so peacefully departed That like the murmur in the shell, Its echo dwelleth and will dwell - Oh, nothing of the dross of ours - Yet all the beauty - all the flowers That list our Love, and deck our bowers - Adorn yon world afar, afar - The wandering star.
I discerned in the course of the morning that Thornfield Hall was a changed place: no longer silent as a church, it echoed every hour or two to a knock at the door, or a clang of the bell; steps, too, often traversed the hall, and new voices spoke in different keys below; a rill from the outer world was flowing through it; it had a master: for my part, I liked it better.
"Aramis, a voice within me speaks and seems to trickle forth a rill of light within my darkness: it is a voice that has never yet deceived me.
ocks der rills mn, eir n in l we No doubt, come autumn, stars will be emptying their bank accounts to be seen in Hedi's designs but we will probably give it a miss.
ran rip-roaring round ragged rills. Rumpus ramblings replete, rictus
Lei TW, Zhang QW, Zhao J, Xia WS, Pan YH (2002) Soil detachment rates for sediment loaded flow in rills. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers 45, 1897-1903.