ripple

ripple
rip|ple1 [ˈrıpəl] v
[Date: 1600-1700; Origin: Probably from rip]
1.) [I and T]
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.) [I 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.) [I 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.)
to make a noise like water that is flowing gently
The water rippled over the stones.
a rippling brook
ripple 2
ripple2 [i]n
1.) a 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.
2.) a sound that gets gradually louder and softer
A ripple of laughter ran through the audience.
a ripple of applause
3.) a feeling that spreads through a person or a group because of something that has happened
A ripple of excitement went through the crowd as came on stage.
4.) a shape or pattern that looks like a wave
ripples on the sand
5.) raspberry ripple/chocolate ripple etc
a type of ↑ice cream that has different coloured bands of fruit, chocolate etc in it
6.) ripple effect
a situation in which one action causes another, which then causes a third etc
= ↑domino effect
The increase had a ripple effect through the whole financial market.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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