|Origin:||Probably from rip|
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to move in small waves, or to make something move in this way:
fields of grain rippling in the soft wind
I could see the muscles rippling under his shirt.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to pass from one person to another like a wave
Panic rippled through Hollywood as the murders were discovered.
Enthusiastic applause rippled around the tables.
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
if a feeling ripples through you, you feel it strongly
Anger was rippling through him so fiercely that his whole body shook.
to make a noise like water that is flowing gently:
The water rippled over the stones.
a rippling brook