ripple

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Etymology 1[edit]

From an alteration of rimple.

Noun[edit]

ripple ‎(plural ripples)

  1. A moving disturbance or undulation in the surface of a liquid.
    I dropped a small stone into the pond and watched the ripples.
  2. A sound similar to that of undulating water.
  3. A style of ice cream in which flavors have been coarsely blended together.
    I enjoy fudge ripple ice cream, but I especially like to dig through the carton to get at the ripple part and eat only that.
  4. (electronics) A small oscillation of an otherwise steady signal.
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Verb[edit]

ripple ‎(third-person singular simple present ripples, present participle rippling, simple past and past participle rippled)

  1. To move like the undulating surface of a body of water; to undulate.
  2. To propagate like a moving wave.
    • 2008, Bradley Simpson, Economists with Guns, page 65:
      These problems were complicated by a foreign exchange crunch which rippled through the economy in 1961-1962, [...].
  3. To make a sound as of water running gently over a rough bottom, or the breaking of ripples on the shore.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English *ripelen, repulen, equivalent to rip +‎ -le ‎(frequentative suffix).

Verb[edit]

ripple ‎(third-person singular simple present ripples, present participle rippling, simple past and past participle rippled)

  1. (transitive) To scratch, tear, or break slightly; graze
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Etymology 3[edit]

Compare Low German Repel, Dutch repel, German Riffel, extended forms (with instrumental or diminutive -le) of Low German Repe ‎(ripple), Dutch repe ‎(ripple). Compare also Dutch repen, German reffen, Swedish repa ‎(to beat; ripple).

The verb is from Middle English ripplen, rypelen. Compare Low German repelen, Dutch repelen, German riffeln.

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Noun[edit]

ripple ‎(plural ripples)

  1. An implement, with teeth like those of a comb, for removing the seeds and seed vessels from flax, broom corn, etc.

Verb[edit]

ripple ‎(third-person singular simple present ripples, present participle rippling, simple past and past participle rippled)

  1. To remove the seeds from (the stalks of flax, etc.), by means of a ripple.

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