runlet

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From run +‎ -let. Compare runnel.

NounEdit

runlet (plural runlets)

  1. A small stream or brook.
    • Lowell
      To trace out to its marshy source every runlet that has cast in its tiny pitcherful with the rest.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 91:
      She followed the dry runlet to where a jutting shoulder formed a nook matted with briars.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English, from Old French rondelet (roundlet). More at roundlet.

NounEdit

runlet (plural runlets)

  1. (archaic) A wine measure, equivalent to 18 gallons.
Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 11:10