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ripple

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verb rip·ple \ˈri-pəl\

Definition of ripple

rippled

rippling

play \-p(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to become lightly ruffled or covered with small waves b :  to flow in small waves c :  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.

Origin and Etymology of ripple

perhaps frequentative of 1rip


First Known Use: circa 1671


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ripple

noun rip·ple

Definition of ripple

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

  2. 2 a :  ripple mark b :  a sound like that of rippling water <a ripple of laughter> c :  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.

1755

First Known Use of ripple

1755


RIPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

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ripple

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verb rip·ple \ˈri-pəl\

Definition of ripple for English Language Learners

  • : to move in small waves

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


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ripple

noun rip·ple

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

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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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