ripple

A ripple is a small wave on the surface of something, such as a ripple that forms a ring around the spot where you threw a pebble into the pond.

Ripple can also be a verb. For example, you might see raindrops ripple on top of a puddle. Ripple was first used in the 1670s to describe something that causes a ruffled surface, sort of like how water seems to momentarily gain texture as it's stirred. Ripple later came to describe a very small wave, but you've probably heard of the "ripple effect" in which tiny waves spread, setting off more and more waves.

Primary Meanings of ripple

1.
nv
a small wave on the surface of a liquid
stir up (water) so as to form ripples
2.
n
(electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value
Full Definitions of ripple
1

n a small wave on the surface of a liquid

Synonyms:
riffle, rippling, wavelet
Type of:
moving ridge, wave
one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

v stir up (water) so as to form ripples

Synonyms:
cockle, riffle, ruffle, undulate
Type of:
flow, flux
move or progress freely as if in a stream

v flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

Synonyms:
babble, bubble, burble, guggle, gurgle
gurgle
make sounds similar to gurgling water
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound
2

n (electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value

Type of:
oscillation, vibration
(physics) a regular periodic variation in value about a mean

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