- (of a liquid surface) to form small waves or undulations, as water agitated by a breeze.
- to flow with a light rise and fall or ruffling of the surface.
- (of a solid surface) to form or have small undulations, ruffles, or folds.
- (of sound) to undulate or rise and fall in tone, inflection, or magnitude.
- to form small waves or undulations on; agitate lightly.
- to mark as if with ripples; give a wavy form to.
- a small wave or undulation, as on water.
- any similar movement or appearance; a small undulation or wave, as in hair.
- a small rapid.
- Geology. ripple mark.
- a sound, as of water flowing in ripples: a ripple of laughter.
Origin of ripple1
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- a toothed or comblike device for removing seeds or capsules from flax, hemp, etc.
- to remove the seeds or capsules from (flax or hemp) with a ripple.
Origin of ripple2
Examples from the Web for ripple
And sending Cary to prison has a ripple effect for all of these characters.The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year
October 27, 2014
Playing in her yard one day, she saw “a ripple, a disturbance of the air … My first thought is that I have seen the devil.”Hilary Mantel Visits the Twilight Zone
October 14, 2014
The heat creates mirages with waves that ripple through the air.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
There was a ripple of assent in the crowd as the word spread.On the Road With Kesey's (Drug-Free) Acid Test
August 27, 2014
His work, attitude, and innovations continue to ripple through the industry.When Fashion Met Art: Andy Warhol & Halston’s Decades-Long Friendship
May 21, 2014
"I see you have found him," she said, with a ripple of laughter.Within the Law
Presently, her happy musing was broken by a ripple from the outer world.Meadow Grass
But the water, smooth again now, was not stirred by so much as a ripple.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
In a few days 412 after the dead were found in a ripple and buried.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
Scarcely a ripple marked its progress, and the nose of it slid up on the sand.The Heads of Apex
- a slight wave or undulation on the surface of water
- a small wave or undulation in fabric, hair, etc
- a sound reminiscent of water flowing quietly in ripplesa ripple of laughter
- electronics an oscillation of small amplitude superimposed on a steady value
- US and Canadian another word for riffle (def. 4)
- another word for ripple mark
- (intr) to form ripples or flow with a rippling or undulating motion
- (tr) to stir up (water) so as to form ripples
- (tr) to make ripple marks
- (intr) (of sounds) to rise and fall gentlyher laughter rippled through the air
- a special kind of comb designed to separate the seed from the stalks in flax, hemp, or broomcorn
- (tr) to comb with this tool
Word Origin and History for ripple
early 15c., "to crease;" 1660s, "to present a ruffled surface," of unknown origin, perhaps a frequentative of rip (v.). Transitive sense "cause to ripple" is from 1786. Related: Rippled; rippling.
"very small wave," 1798, from earlier meaning "stretch of shallow, rippling water" (1755), from ripple (v.). Meaning "mark or movement suggestive of a ripple" is from 1843. Meaning "ice cream streaked with colored syrup" first attested 1939, so called from its appearance. As the name of a brand of inexpensive wine sold by E&J Gallo Winery, from 1960 to 1984. Ripple effect is from 1950.