Other forms: runnels

A very small stream is a runnel. You might entertain yourself by floating tiny paper boats down the runnel that streams through the woods behind your house.

In Old English a stream was a ryne, and a teeny tiny stream was a rynel, the source of runnel. You could also call it a "rivulet," "channel," or "streamlet." As well as the runnels in nature, branching off from brooks and streams, you might use it to describe someone's perspiring forehead: "It was so hot that there were runnels of sweat running down his face."

Definitions of runnel
  1. noun
    a small stream
    synonyms: rill, rivulet, run, streamlet
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    type of:
    stream, watercourse
    a natural body of running water flowing on or under the earth
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