Definitions for rippleˈrɪp əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rip•pleˈrɪp əl(v.; n.)-pled, -pling

  1. (v.i.)(of a liquid surface) to form small waves or undulations, as water agitated by a breeze.

  2. to flow with a light rise and fall or ruffling of the surface.

  3. to have, form, or fall in small undulations, ruffles, or folds.

  4. (of sound) to move with a rising and falling tone, inflection, or magnitude:

    Laughter rippled through the crowd.

  5. (v.t.)to form small waves or undulations on; agitate lightly.

  6. to mark as if with ripples; give a wavy form to.

  7. (n.)a small wave or undulation, as on water.

  8. any movement or form similar to this:

    a ripple of lace at the hem.

  9. a small rapid.

  10. Ref: ripple mark.

  11. a sound as of water rippling:

    a ripple of laughter.

Origin of ripple:

1660–70; orig. uncert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ripple, rippling, riffle, wavelet(noun)

    a small wave on the surface of a liquid

  2. ripple(verb)

    (electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value

  3. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulate(verb)

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  4. ripple, babble, guggle, burble, bubble, gurgle(verb)

    flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

    "babbling brooks"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ripple(noun)ˈrɪp əl

    a tiny wave caused by sth touching the surface of liquid

    The wind made ripples on the pond.


  1. ripple(Noun)

    A moving disturbance or undulation in the surface of a liquid.

    I dropped a small stone into the pond and watched the ripples.

  2. ripple(Noun)

    A sound similar to that of undulating water.

  3. ripple(Noun)

    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.

  4. ripple(Noun)

    A small oscillation of an otherwise steady signal.

  5. ripple(Verb)

    To move like the undulating surface of a body of water; to undulate.

  6. ripple(Verb)

    To propagate like a moving wave.

  7. Origin: rypelen, frequentative of rippen 'to rip'. More at rip.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ripple

    an implement, with teeth like those of a comb, for removing the seeds and seed vessels from flax, broom corn, etc

  2. Ripple(verb)

    to remove the seeds from (the stalks of flax, etc.), by means of a ripple

  3. Ripple(verb)

    hence, to scratch or tear

  4. Ripple(verb)

    to become fretted or dimpled on the surface, as water when agitated or running over a rough bottom; to be covered with small waves or undulations, as a field of grain

  5. Ripple(verb)

    to make a sound as of water running gently over a rough bottom, or the breaking of ripples on the shore

  6. Ripple(verb)

    to fret or dimple, as the surface of running water; to cover with small waves or undulations; as, the breeze rippled the lake

  7. Ripple(noun)

    the fretting or dimpling of the surface, as of running water; little curling waves

  8. Ripple(noun)

    a little wave or undulation; a sound such as is made by little waves; as, a ripple of laughter

  9. Ripple(noun)

    a small wave on the surface of water or other liquids for which the driving force is not gravity, but surface tension

  10. Ripple(noun)

    the residual AC component in the DC current output from a rectifier, expressed as a percentage of the steady component of the current


  1. Ripple

    Ripple is a village in Kent, England. It is also known as Ripple Vale. John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, the commander of the first British Expeditionary Force was born there in 1852, and is buried at the village church. His sister Charlotte Despard, the suffragist, novelist and Sinn Féin activist was also born in Ripple in 1844. The Ripple Primary School has approximately 40 students attending. The village has one local pub, The Plough, a traditional English Ale-House. There is a windmill, which is being restored.

Anagrams of ripple

  1. Prilep

Translations for ripple

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a little wave or movement on the surface of water etc

He threw the stone into the pond, and watched the ripples spread across the water.

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