A ripple in a pond.
- The definition of a ripple is a small wave along the surface of water, a gentle rising and fall of sound throughout a group, or a special feeling that goes through you.
- An example of ripple is a small wave that occurs when you drop a rock into a pond.
- An example of a ripple is a wave of laughter that moves through a group.
- An example of a ripple is a feeling of excitement that goes through you on your wedding day.
- To ripple is to cause the surface of water to form small waves, or the term for the action of the water when it makes small waves.
- When you run your finger through a bath, this is an example of a time when you ripple the water.
- When the water goes up in small waves, this is an example of a time when the water ripples.
intransitive verb-·pled, -·pling
- to form or have little waves or undulating movements on the surface, as water or grass stirred by a breeze
- to flow with such waves or movements on the surface
- to be formed or set in small folds or waves, as cloth or hair
- to give the effect of rippling water, as by alternately rising and falling: laughter rippling through the hall
Origin of rippleprobably from rip + -le, sense
- to cause to ripple
- to give a wavy form or appearance to
- to make (a sound, tone, etc.) that ripples
- a small wave or undulation, as on the surface of water
- a movement, appearance, or formation suggesting this
- a sound like that of rippling water
- a small rapid in a stream
transitive verb-·pled, -·pling
Origin of rippleMiddle English rypelen from or akin to Middle Low German or Middle Dutch repelen, akin to Old High German riffilon, to scrape, riffila, a saw from Indo-European an unverified form reib- from source reap
Origin of Rippleformer trademark
verbrip·pled, rip·pling, rip·ples
- a. To form or display little undulations or waves on the surface, as disturbed water does.b. To flow with such undulations or waves on the surface.
- To rise and fall gently in tone or volume.
- A small wave.
- A wavelike motion; an undulation: the ripple of a flag.
- A sound like that made by rippling water: a ripple of laughter.
Origin of rippleMiddle English ripplen to wrinkle, crease perhaps of Scandinavian origin
transitive verbrip·pled, rip·pling, rip·ples
Origin of rippleMiddle English from ripelen to remove seeds Middle Low German repelen
- A moving disturbance or undulation in the surface of a liquid.
- I dropped a small stone into the pond and watched the ripples.
- A sound similar to that of undulating water.
- A style of ice cream in which flavors have been coarsely blended together.
- I enjoy fudge ripple ice cream, but I especially like to dig through the carton to get at the ripple part and eat only that.
- (electronics) A small oscillation of an otherwise steady signal.
- An implement, with teeth like those of a comb, for removing the seeds and seed vessels from flax, broom corn, etc.
(third-person singular simple present ripples, present participle rippling, simple past and past participle rippled)
- To move like the undulating surface of a body of water; to undulate.
- To propagate like a moving wave.
- To make a sound as of water running gently over a rough bottom, or the breaking of ripples on the shore.
- To remove the seeds from (the stalks of flax, etc.), by means of a ripple.
- (by extension) To scratch or tear.
Middle English rypelen, frequentative of rippen 'to rip'. More at rip.