- 1A small wave or series of waves on the surface of water, especially as caused by a slight breeze or an object dropping into it: he dived into the pool leaving barely a ripple the ripples spread across the pondMore example sentences
- Feeling the need to vent his anger, Shane threw a stone into the little pond at Central Park, causing a series of violent ripples in the water that was before so calm.
- I'm sitting next to her on the rock now, and we are both watching the water ripple in the breeze.
- The water sparkled a deep blue, and the wind blowing softly made the water ripple gently in the breeze.
- 1.1A thing resembling a ripple or ripples in appearance or movement: the sand undulated and was ridged with ripplesMore example sentences
- The fans seemed vocal for both bands at this particular show, but with little more than a small ripple of movement every now and then, this night left much to be desired.
- A ripple of movement across the surface of the mirror caught Steffen's attention.
- She studied the smooth ripples, as they formed with each movement of her feet.
- 1.2A gentle rising and falling sound that spreads through a group of people: a ripple of laughter ran around the roomMore example sentences
- A gong rang, and the ripples of sound faded into silence.
- A crescendo rises and threatens to explode, but vanishes, leaving all but a ripple of sound.
- Today's results, which came in at the top end of expectations, were given a gentle ripple of applause with the shares moving some 3% higher.
- 1.3A particular feeling or effect that spreads through someone or something: his words set off a ripple of excitement within herMore example sentences
- I vaguely here my mind wondering, I feel a ripple of excitement spread through my body, as I relive old movie scenes where moments like this turned out for the best.
- The sudden forcing noise as he pushed the sticking window open caused a ripple of excitement to quickly spread through the crowd below.
- The biplane had arrived in town three days earlier - the first aeroplane to fly into New Plymouth - creating a ripple of excitement
- 2 [mass noun] A type of ice cream with wavy lines of coloured flavoured syrup running through it: a family block of raspberry rippleMore example sentences
- Japanese ice-cream lovers have swapped traditional flavours such as raspberry ripple for something a little more exotic.
- Totally embarrassed, Sara realized that there was a considerable amount of ice cream on her chin, mostly raspberry fudge ripple.
- Plain vanilla, chocolate and raspberry ripple will soon be history.
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- 1(Of water) form or flow with small waves on the surface: the Mediterranean rippled and sparkled (as adjective rippling) the rippling watersMore example sentences
- The water rippled and larger waves came to the surface.
- The cold waters rippled in small waves; splashing onto the bank.
- Slowly, the ship coasted forwards, the water rippling gently around the bow.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause (the surface of water) to form small waves: a cool wind rippled the surface of the estuaryMore example sentences
- Far below him, the wind rippled the smooth surface of the lake.
- She exhaled in a great rush, rippling the water's surface, and reached for the soaps and scented oils her maids had left her.
- She tossed her golden hair gently behind her shoulder, and reached down to ripple the cool water's surface.
- 1.2Move in a way resembling small waves: [no object]: fields of grain rippling in the windMore example sentences
- He had a flat stomach, the skin flawless and muscles rippling under as he moved to pull a shirt over his head.
- Without a shirt on, his muscles rippled with every move.
- The horse's muscles rippled with each bounding move it took forward, and it snorted as it breathed heavily.
- 1.3 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a sound or feeling) spread through a person, group, or place: applause rippled around the tablesMore example sentences
- A murmur of excitement rippled around the assembly-hall.
- The sound of explosions rippling across the city reached his ears as he lay awake in bed.
- The disturbing sound rippled throughout the room and sent a chill running down his spine.
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- At home, instead of making pasta, I have settled for thick, ripply dried lasagna, which doesn't quite stack up.
- Almost no light seeped through the grilles above her, making little ripply moonlit patches on the rainwater river.
- He was strongly built, had his ripply hair slicked back, and wore official-looking black clothes.
late 17th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.