ripplerip‧ple1 /ˈrɪpəl/ verb 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive, transitive]SPREAD 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]SPREAD to pass from one person to another like a waveripple through 🔊 Panic rippled through Hollywood as the murders were discovered.ripple around 🔊 Enthusiastic applause rippled around the tables.3[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a feeling ripples through you, you feel it stronglyripple through 🔊 Anger was rippling through him so fiercely that his whole body shook.4[intransitive]CSOUND to make a noise like water that is flowing gently 🔊 The water rippled over the stones. 🔊 a rippling brook→ See Verb table
rippleripple2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1WATERa small low wave on the surface of a liquid 🔊 ripples on the surface of the pond 🔊 She dived into the pool, making scarcely a ripple.2CSOUNDa sound that gets gradually louder and softer 🔊 A ripple of laughter ran through the audience. 🔊 a ripple of applause3SPREADa feeling that spreads through a person or a group because of something that has happened 🔊 A ripple of excitement went through the crowd as he came on stage.4CFPATTERNa shape or pattern that looks like a wave 🔊 ripples on the sand5 →raspberry ripple/chocolate ripple etc6 →ripple effect
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ripple• Shannon couldn't help but feel a ripple of warmth for the man, even though they hadn't even been introduced yet.• There is a ripple of laughter.• A ripple of fear passed down his spine.• Her thoughtful and insightfulanswers, wrote one of the older social workers, began to cause ripples.• Only one small, white-highlighted ripple showed where the supplearrow of his body had pierced the water.• Why, there are much larger ripples on the surface of the water, upon which the paraffinrests.• And I confess I feel a little ripple of interest, in response.• A soft breeze made ripples on the lake.• While the worst may be over, one airlineconsultantwarned that ripple effects could last two more weeks.• potatochips with ripplesripple of laughter• There was a ripple of laughter around them.• Celestine found herself blushing at the ripple of laughter passing through the audience.• The ripple of laughter that followed brought a scowl to Trentham's face.