ripple

1 [rip-uhl]
verb (used without object), rippled, rippling.
1.
(of a liquid surface) to form small waves or undulations, as water agitated by a breeze.
2.
to flow with a light rise and fall or ruffling of the surface.
3.
(of a solid surface) to form or have small undulations, ruffles, or folds.
4.
(of sound) to undulate or rise and fall in tone, inflection, or magnitude.
verb (used with object), rippled, rippling.
5.
to form small waves or undulations on; agitate lightly.
6.
to mark as if with ripples; give a wavy form to.
noun
7.
a small wave or undulation, as on water.
8.
any similar movement or appearance; a small undulation or wave, as in hair.
9.
a small rapid.
10.
Geology, ripple mark.
11.
a sound, as of water flowing in ripples: a ripple of laughter.

Origin:
1660–70; origin uncertain

rippleless, adjective
ripplingly, adverb


1. wave, undulate, purl. 5. ruffle, curl, dimple. 7. wavelet, ruffling. See wave.
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ripple

2 [rip-uhl]
noun
1.
a toothed or comblike device for removing seeds or capsules from flax, hemp, etc.
verb (used with object), rippled, rippling.
2.
to remove the seeds or capsules from (flax or hemp) with a ripple.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English ripel; cognate with Dutch repel, German Riffel

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ripple1 (ˈrɪpəl)
 
n
1.  a slight wave or undulation on the surface of water
2.  a small wave or undulation in fabric, hair, etc
3.  a sound reminiscent of water flowing quietly in ripples: a ripple of laughter
4.  electronics an oscillation of small amplitude superimposed on a steady value
5.  (US), (Canadian) another word for riffle
6.  another word for ripple mark
 
vb
7.  (intr) to form ripples or flow with a rippling or undulating motion
8.  (tr) to stir up (water) so as to form ripples
9.  (tr) to make ripple marks
10.  (intr) (of sounds) to rise and fall gently: her laughter rippled through the air
 
[C17: perhaps from rip1]
 
'rippler1
 
n
 
'rippling1
 
adj
 
'ripplingly1
 
adv
 
'ripply1
 
adj

ripple2 (ˈrɪpəl)
 
n
1.  a special kind of comb designed to separate the seed from the stalks in flax, hemp, or broomcorn
 
vb
2.  (tr) to comb with this tool
 
[C14: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch repelen, Middle High German reffen to ripple]
 
'rippler2
 
n

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Word Origin & History

ripple
1670, "to present a ruffled surface," of unknown origin, perhaps a frequentative of rip (v.). The noun meaning "very small wave" first recorded 1798, from earlier meaning "stretch of shallow, rippling water" (1755). Meaning "ice cream streaked with colored syrup" first attested
1939, so called from its appearance.
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Example sentences
Torsos rippled and legs snapped high in commanding leaps.
Muddy water rippled, and a bubble bigger than a coffee table rose to the
  surface.
Still, space travel has lost much of its luster, and that loss has even rippled
  through science fiction writing.
The roof is an ocean swell thickly rippled with ceramic tiles that undulate in
  colors as well as curves.
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