ripple effect


Definition of ripple effect

: a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence the automotive industry has a ripple effect on many other industries — compare domino effect

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In a likely ripple effect, retail sales of home appliances and furniture slowed in October. WSJ, "China Bet Its Economic Future on Consumers, and They Aren’t Spending Enough," 14 Nov. 2018 This makes cities more vulnerable to the rippling effects brought on by climate change, most notably an increase in extreme weather events. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise," 20 Oct. 2018 The video captures a man and two women dancing alongside each other for the majority of the frames, each frame feeling as though it was dipped in water as a rippling effect is laminated over the characters. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Underworld and Iggy Pop Present a Gripping, Rippling Music Video For 'Get Your Shirt': Watch," 6 July 2018 There’s this complication, too: The Rockets have extensive free agency business to handle with several key current players, and waiting on James’ decision could come with a ripple effect on that front. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "LeBron James' decision to become a free agent is bad news for Houston Rockets," 29 June 2018 If exports are blocked in one market, the action shifts elsewhere in what’s known as the ripple effect., "ECB’s Draghi: Data Points Toward Moderation of Expansion," 16 Feb. 2018 This short film proves that one small act of kindness can make a huge impact, leading to a ripple effect of generous acts that ultimately coming back to benefit you. Kelly Potts, Woman's Day, "This Video Shows the Most Beautiful Paying It Forward Story Ever," 5 Dec. 2014 What made matters worse is that Timberlake’s infamous Super Bowl moment with Janet Jackson in February 2004 caused a negative ripple effect. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "In Defense of JC Chasez, *NSYNC's Underappreciated Boy Band Frontman," 24 Apr. 2018 The increase in servicing transfers is the latest ripple effect from a slowdown in the housing market, which has forced lenders to slim down, consolidate or close up shop. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "The Hot Trade in the Housing Market: Servicing Your Mortgage," 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of ripple effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ripple effect

: a situation in which one event causes a series of other events to happen

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