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Meaning of RIPPLE

Pronunciation:  'ripul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a small wave on the surface of a liquid
  2. [n]  (electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value
  3. [v]  stir up (water) so as to form ripples
  4. [v]  flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise, as of water; "babbling brooks"

RIPPLE is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: babble, bubble, burble, cockle, guggle, gurgle, riffle, riffle, rippling, ruffle, undulate, wavelet
 See Also: flow, flux, fold, fold up, go, moving ridge, oscillation, sound, turn up, vibration, wave



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rip"ple\, n. [FRom {Rip}, v.]
    An implement, with teeth like those of a comb, for removing
    the seeds and seed vessels from flax, broom corn, etc.
  2. \Rip"ple\, v. t.
    1. To remove the seeds from (the stalks of flax, etc.), by
       means of a ripple.
    2. Hence, to scratch or tear. --Holland.
  3. \Rip"ple\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rippled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Rippling}.] [Cf. {Rimple}, {Rumple}.]
    1. To become fretted or dimpled on the surface, as water when
       agitated or running over a rough bottom; to be covered
       with small waves or undulations, as a field of grain.
    2. To make a sound as of water running gently over a rough
       bottom, or the breaking of ripples on the shore.
  4. \Rip"ple\, v. t.
    To fret or dimple, as the surface of running water; to cover
    with small waves or undulations; as, the breeze rippled the
  5. \Rip"ple\, n.
    1. The fretting or dimpling of the surface, as of running
       water; little curling waves.
    2. A little wave or undulation; a sound such as is made by
       little waves; as, a ripple of laughter.
    3. (physics) a small wave on the surface of water or other
       liquids for which the driving force is not gravity, but
       surface tension.
    4. (Electrical engineering) the residual AC component in the
       DC current output from a rectifier, expressed as a
       percentage of the steady component of the current.
    {Ripple grass}. (Bot.) See {Ribwort}.
    {Ripple marks}, a system of parallel ridges on sand, produced
       by wind, by the current of a steam, or by the agitation of
       wind waves; also (Geol.), a system of parallel ridges on
       the surface of a sandstone stratum.