What does ripple mean?

Definitions for ripple
ˈrɪp əlrip·ple

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ripple, rippling, riffle, waveletnoun

    a small wave on the surface of a liquid

  2. rippleverb

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

  3. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulateverb

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  4. ripple, babble, guggle, burble, bubble, gurgleverb

    flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

    "babbling brooks"


  1. ripplenoun

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

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

  2. ripplenoun

    A sound similar to that of undulating water.

  3. ripplenoun

    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. ripplenoun

    A small oscillation of an otherwise steady signal.

  5. rippleverb

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

  6. rippleverb

    To propagate like a moving wave.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Rippleverb

    To fret on the surface, as water swifty running.


  1. Ripple

    Ripple is the sixth song on the Grateful Dead album American Beauty. It was released as the B-side to the single "Truckin'".


  1. ripple

    A ripple is a small wave or series of waves on the surface of water, caused by a slight disturbance or tremor. It can also refer to a feeling or effect that spreads through someone or something. In digital technology, it refers to an oscillation of amplitude in a waveform.

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. Rippleverb

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

  3. Rippleverb

    hence, to scratch or tear

  4. Rippleverb

    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. Rippleverb

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

  6. Rippleverb

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

  7. Ripplenoun

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

  8. Ripplenoun

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

  9. Ripplenoun

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

  10. Ripplenoun

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

  11. 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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ripple is ranked #11469 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ripple surname appeared 2,745 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ripple.

    94.7% or 2,600 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 75 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 33 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Prilep

  2. lipper

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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. Florian Hense:

    The United States is starting to cause more red tape on tech companies. This will affect all companies that do business with tech, and that will cause a ripple effect in Europe.

  2. Dan Ives:

    It's a confession that the coronavirus [ is ] impacting personal computers, it's a negative but not a gamechanger for Microsoft. It will have a ripple impact across the supply chain [ and ] fans the flames on coronavirus worries. Apple and Microsoft have now confirmed the negative impact Wall Street had feared.

  3. Miguel Cardona:

    I spent the formative part of my career in a Connecticut elementary school. I will never forget the ripple effect of fear and heartbreak that spread among students and teachers in the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting.

  4. Robert Francis Kennedy:

    Each time a person 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, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

  5. Jen Principe:

    Had we not gotten behind those cars all day long and been slowed down, we would have literally missed it by seconds, i feel grateful that we're here and we're able to even share this story because it is a ripple effect.

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