- 1a small wave on the surface of a liquid, especially water in a lake, etc. The air was so still that there was hardly a ripple on the pond's surface.
- 2a thing that looks or moves like a small wave ripples of sand
- 3[usually singular] ripple of something a sound that gradually becomes louder and then quieter again a ripple of applause/laughter
- 4[usually singular] ripple of something a feeling that gradually spreads through a person or group of people A ripple of fear passed through him. The announcement sent a ripple of excitement through the crowd. Her visit caused no more than a ripple of interest.