Definition of ripple noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɪpl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪpl//
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  1. 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.
  2. 2a thing that looks or moves like a small wave ripples of sand
  3. 3[usually singular] ripple of something a sound that gradually becomes louder and then quieter again a ripple of applause/laughter
  4. 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.
  5. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin.Extra examples He felt a small ripple of fear pass through him. He watched the ripples spread across the pool. His remarks sent a ripple of laughter through the audience. I dropped the pebble in the water, sending ripples across the pond. The Internet is making ripples in people’s lives. The decision caused ripples of concern among the parents. The problems in one place create ripples elsewhere. His remarks caused a ripple of protest. The air was so still that there was hardly a ripple on the pond’s surface. The sinking pebble had sent ripples across the surface of the lake.
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