ripple

1
[ rip-uhl ]
/ ˈrɪp əl /

verb (used without object), rip·pled, rip·pling.

verb (used with object), rip·pled, rip·pling.

to form small waves or undulations on; agitate lightly.
to mark as if with ripples; give a wavy form to.

noun


Nearby words

  1. riposte,
  2. ripped,
  3. ripper,
  4. ripping,
  5. rippingly,
  6. ripple control,
  7. ripple effect,
  8. ripple mark,
  9. ripplegrass,
  10. rippler

Origin of ripple

1
First recorded in 1660–70; origin uncertain

Related formsrip·ple·less, adjectiverip·pling·ly, adverb

ripple

2
[ rip-uh l ]
/ ˈrɪp əl /

noun

a toothed or comblike device for removing seeds or capsules from flax, hemp, etc.

verb (used with object), rip·pled, rip·pling.

to remove the seeds or capsules from (flax or hemp) with a ripple.

Origin of ripple

2
1425–75; late Middle English ripel; cognate with Dutch repel, German Riffel

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British Dictionary definitions for ripple

ripple

1
/ (ˈrɪpəl) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsrippler, nounrippling, adjectiveripplingly, adverbripply, adjective

Word Origin for ripple

C17: perhaps from rip 1

noun

a special kind of comb designed to separate the seed from the stalks in flax, hemp, or broomcorn

verb

(tr) to comb with this tool
Derived Formsrippler, noun

Word Origin for ripple

C14: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch repelen, Middle High German reffen to ripple

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