verb (used without object), rip·pled, rip·pling.
verb (used with object), rip·pled, rip·pling.
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Origin of ripple1
synonym study for ripple
OTHER WORDS FROM ripplerip·ple·less, adjectiverip·pling·ly, adverb
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Definition for ripple (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), rip·pled, rip·pling.
Origin of ripple2
What does ripple mean?
A ripple is a small wave, ruffle, or wrinkle on the surface of something, such as water, fabric, clouds, or hair.
A raindrop causes ripples in a puddle. A soft gust of wind can cause ripples on the surface of a lake, on the surface of a sheet hanging from a clothesline, or through the tall grasses in the meadow. Ripples aren’t typically breaks in the surface where they appear—they are disturbances that change its shape momentarily.
The word can also be applied to waves or wrinkles involving intangible or abstract things, such as ripples of cause and effect. Much like the ripples that result from tossing a stone into a pond, one action causes many other things to happen in a kind of chain reaction known as a ripple effect.
Ripple can also refer to a cascading sound, like that of rippling water, as in a ripple of laughter.
More specifically, ripple can refer to a swirl of a particular ingredient in ice cream, such as caramel or chocolate. There are even some flavors whose name indicates what the ripple consists of, such as butterscotch ripple.
Ripple is also used as a verb meaning to form or cause such waves, ruffles, or wrinkles, as in The wind rippled the surface of the river. It can also mean to gently flow or rise and fall.
Things with ripples in them can be described as rippled or ripply.
Example: I like to throw rocks into the still pond and see how far the ripples extend out.
Where does ripple come from?
The first records of the word ripple in reference to small waves or wrinkles come from the 1600s. It may derive from the verb rip, but its origin is uncertain.
The ripples that appear in a flat surface of water when you throw a pebble into it are often used as a metaphor for the effects of our actions in life—the ones that extend out beyond where we can observe them. Relatedly, reality is sometimes depicted as “fabric” that can be effected and rippled in this way.
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What are some other forms of ripple?
- rippling (continuous tense verb, adjective)
- ripply (adjective)
What are some synonyms for ripple?
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How is ripple used in real life?
The word ripple is most commonly used in the context of small waves on surfaces like water, but it can be used in many different situations.
Dog, contemplative. Considering the beauty of ripples on the water(?) pic.twitter.com/wO2JJOwGG1
— Jen Geddes (@jageddes) October 19, 2020
— NASA Universe (@NASAUniverse) October 19, 2020
Friends, please be compassionate to one another. Love each other. Be kind to one another. There is so much hurt in this world, and life is so very short. Our words and actions have such power and can have such a ripple effect upon others, so please choose love and compassion.
— Adriana Figueroa (@AdrianaFigueroa) September 1, 2020
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On which of the following things can ripples sometimes be found?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for ripple
Those ripples are called gravitational waves, or sometimes gravity waves.
In the United States, the news that Kai Sotto, the 65th-ranked player in the high school class of 2020, would be joining the NBA’s G League caused barely a ripple.
To look past the line-item spending and into the core concern — the economic price tag thrust onto society and its ripple effects.
If vCA1 cells are the tiny ripples after throwing a rock into water, then the additional wave circuit around them are the rippling waves.Towards ‘Eternal Sunshine’? New Links Found Between Memory and Emotion|Shelly Fan|July 28, 2020|Singularity Hub
Add gravitons into the mix, however, and you add a new motion on top of the usual ripples in space-time.
Analysts interpreted it as an immediate ripple effect of the newly established US-Cuban détente.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers|Catalina Lobo-Guererro|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.”
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|DAILY BEAST
There was a ripple of assent in the crowd as the word spread.
This was said with a comical air of doubt, and a half smile, which sent a ripple of laughter over the charming face.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
All was silent; a fresh breeze swept over the clear lake whose every ripple had the gracious curve of a smile.Honey-Bee|Anatole France
He thought he heard the ripple of waves on a sunlit shore, and of wide-spreading trees which grew close to the edge of the sea.The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
Suddenly it ceased raining; and, looking about them, they saw that the lake was perfectly quiet—not a ripple could be seen.The value of a praying mother|Isabel C. Byrum
You see that there the ocean tides and the currents of the river meet and cause a constant ripple.Elsie's Vacation and After Events|Martha Finley