- trick|le1 [ `trıkl ] verb intransitive1. ) if a liquid or a substance such as sand trickles somewhere, a small amount of it flows there slowly:A solitary tear trickled down his cheek.We let the sand trickle between our toes.2. ) if people or things trickle in or out, a few of them arrive or leave:Guests were beginning to trickle into the church.,trickle `down phrasal verb intransitiveto affect people gradually or after a long time:trickle down to: This type of attitude trickles down to the children.trickletrick|le 2 [ `trıkl ] noun singular1. ) a small amount of a liquid or other substance that flows slowly:The trickle had become a flood and now a torrent.trickle of: a trickle of blood2. ) a slow rate at which people or things move:at a trickle: The traffic was now moving at a trickle.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.