- (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
Synonyms for rippleSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
- 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
Related Words for rippleundulation, rush, swell, surge, tide, fold, billow, curl, breaker, crest, line, furrow, whitecap, swish, quiver, palpitate, undulate, flow, vibrate, motion
Examples from the Web for ripple
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of ripple
"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
Word Origin for ripple
- 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 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.