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, 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.

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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  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. Richard Lewis:

    What will happen next Sunday is Centre Court will be packed for the men's final and I'm sure people will be able to follow World Cup final, it's not unheard of for there to be a ripple of applause or a shout when something special happens in a football tournament, and I'm sure everybody will understand if it does.

  2. Andrew Ceresney:

    The SEC relies on the accuracy of the books and records of financial institutions and blue sheet data, oZ Management’s inaccurate data had a substantial ripple effect that the SEC staff discovered through diligent investigative work.

  3. Sarah Super:

    By breaking the silence, I watched a lot of things change, mostly for the better. ... I watched the ripple effect of sharing my story in my community, it is totally about social change. I'm trying to create a community where people can tell their stories and be met with compassion.

  4. Devane Sharma:

    The government often says that the law isn't really enforced so it's okay, but there are ripple effects on the rest of society, especially in matters on sexual health and workplace discrimination.

  5. Charlie Caswell:

    I think it will have a ripple effect not just on that child, but the family and others in the community that knows that child, this stuff is becoming all too normal.

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. valetudinarian
    • B. lacerate
    • C. lank
    • D. flabby

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