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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from rip

ripple

1 verb
     
Related topics: Colours and Sounds
rip‧ple1
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
ripple 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 strongly
ripple through
Anger was rippling through him so fiercely that his whole body shook.
4 [intransitive]C to make a noise like water that is flowing gently:
The water rippled over the stones.
a rippling brook

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