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.
- 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
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; akin to 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.