What does ripple mean?

Definitions for ripple
ˈrɪp əlrip·ple

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ripple.

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"


  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.

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

  2. ripple(Noun)

    A sound similar to that of undulating water.

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

  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.

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

  4. ripple(Noun)

    A small oscillation of an otherwise steady signal.

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

  5. ripple(Verb)

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

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

  6. ripple(Verb)

    To propagate like a moving wave.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  2. Ripple(verb)

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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  3. Ripple(verb)

    hence, to scratch or tear

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  5. Ripple(verb)

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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  7. Ripple(noun)

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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  8. Ripple(noun)

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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]

  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

    Etymology: [From Rip, v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ripple

    rip′l, n. the light fretting of the surface of water: a little curling wave.—v.t. to cause a ripple in.—v.i. to curl on the surface, as running water.—ns. Ripp′le-barr′el, a drum used in theatres; Ripp′le-grass, the rib-grass; Ripp′le-mark, a mark produced on sand at the bottom by the gentle flow of water: (geol.) the mark left on a sea-beach by receding waves, and left impressed on the surface of rocks.—adj. Ripp′le-marked.—ns. Ripp′let, a small ripple: rippling: an eddy; Ripp′ling, an eddy caused by conflicting currents or tides—also adj.adv. Ripp′lingly.—adj. Ripp′ly, rippling. [Variant of earlier rimple, A.S. hrimpan, to wrinkle, pa.p. hrumpen.]

  2. Ripple

    rip′l, v.t. to pluck the seeds from stalks of flax by drawing them through an iron comb.—n. the comb for rippling.—n. Ripp′ler, an apparatus for rippling flax. [Low Ger. repel, reppel, a ripple, hoe, Ger. riffel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ripple

    The small waves raised on the surface of the water by the passage of a slight breeze, or current, caused by foul bottom.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ripple in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ripple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ripple in a Sentence

  1. President George W. Bush:

    It may just be somebody who is on the team says, ‘I went to an amazing clinic and I got help and you ought to try the same thing.’ To the extent that can ripple through the vet community, it’s going to help a lot.

  2. Doug Jacobson:

    It is going to have a large ripple effect. It's very significant to many companies both in the U.S. and (outside the) U.S..

  3. Lewis Hamilton:

    In the fashion industry, I think there's a lot of work that can be done with all these brands. I want us to kind of, create a ripple effect.

  4. Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer:

    Providing corrective surgery to just one child may not only save a life, but also give them the opportunity to become an engaged, productive member of the community, this creates a ripple effect of impact that benefits families, communities and entire regions.

  5. Robert F. Kennedy:

    Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.

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