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ripple

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verb rip·ple \ˈri-pəl\

Definition of ripple

rippled

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rippling

play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to become lightly ruffled or covered with small wavesb :  to flow in small wavesc :  to fall in soft undulating folds the scarf rippled to the floor

  3. 2 :  to flow with a light rise and fall of sound or inflection laughter rippled over the audience

  4. 3 :  to move with an undulating motion or so as to cause ripples the canoe rippled through the water

  5. 4 :  to have or produce a ripple effect :  spread the news rippled outwards

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to stir up small waves on

  8. 2 :  to impart a wavy motion or appearance to rippling his arm muscles

  9. 3 :  to utter or play with a slight rise and fall of sound

rippler

play \-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of ripple in a Sentence

  1. Water rippled under the dock.

  2. We could see the lion's muscles ripple.

  3. A cool breeze rippled the water.

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Origin and Etymology of ripple

perhaps frequentative of 1rip


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ripple

noun rip·ple

Definition of ripple

  1. 1a :  a shallow stretch of rough water in a streamb (1) :  the ruffling of the surface of water (2) :  a small wave

  2. 2a :  ripple markb :  a sound like that of rippling water a ripple of laughterc :  a usually slight noticeable effect or reaction

ripply

play \ˈri-p(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of ripple in a Sentence

  1. The pebble made ripples in the pond when I threw it in.

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First Known Use of ripple

1755


RIPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

ripple

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verb

Definition of ripple for English Language Learners

  • : to move in small waves

  • : to pass or spread through or over (someone or something)

ripple

noun

Definition of ripple for English Language Learners

  • : a small wave on the surface of a liquid

  • : a shape or pattern having small waves

  • : a sound that gradually becomes louder and then quieter


RIPPLE Defined for Kids

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ripple

play
verb rip·ple \ˈri-pəl\

Definition of ripple for Students

rippled

;

rippling

  1. 1 :  to move or cause to move in small waves The lion's muscles rippled. A breeze rippled the water.

  2. 2 :  to pass or spread over or through Laughter rippled through the crowd.


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ripple

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noun rip·ple

Definition of ripple for Students

  1. 1 :  a very small wave on the surface of a liquid The rock made ripples in the pond.

  2. 2 :  something that passes or spreads through a ripple of laughter



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