Definitions for ripple effect
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of ripple effect:
the effect of one event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or unexpected areas.
Origin: by analogy with the spreading ripples on the surface of a body of water when a stone is thrown in.
A ripple effect is a situation where, like the ever expanding ripples across water when an object is dropped into it, an effect from an initial state can be followed outwards incrementally. Examples can be found in economics where an individual's reduction in spending reduces the incomes of others and their ability to spend. In sociology, it can be observed how social interactions can affect situations not directly related to the initial interaction, and in charitable activities where information can be disseminated and passed from community to community to broaden its impact. The concept has been applied in computer science within the field of software metrics as a complexity measure.
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