ripple mark


: one of a series of small ridges produced especially on sand by the action of wind, a current of water, or waves
: a striation across the grain of wood especially on the tangential surface
ripple-marked adjective

Examples of ripple mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 10 centimeters of sandstone now covers the paleosurface, which sits furrowed with ancient ripple marks. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2023 That’s because the grooves were cutting through real-time tidal ripple marks moving through the seamount sediment. Todd Woody, National Geographic, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ripple mark was in 1831

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“Ripple mark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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