To ripple is to cause waves to travel through a liquid or a solid. When you splash water on the ground, you're causing ripples to spread through the water.

  • The splash caused a ripple in the pool.

  • The wind rippled the surface of the water.

Definition of ripples


flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise


babble, bubble, burble, guggle, gurgle


stir up (water) so as to form ripples


cockle, riffle, ruffle, undulate


a small wave on the surface of a liquid


riffle, rippling, wavelet


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

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Example Sentences for ripples

  • 1

    There is a ripple in the puddle.

  • 2

    Due to the ripples in the compensation, the spectrum also has ripples.

  • 3

    The falling stone will generate ripples in the liquid.

  • 4

    This is the cause of the circular ripples around the impurity.

  • 5

    Booming tourism brings ripple benefits to economy.

  • 6

    The ripple effect is arguably the heart of the entire series.

  • 7

    There is the ripple effect of China's new leadership on Canada.

  • 8

    Not the tide rising in the sea, but the ripples in one part of the harbor.

  • 9

    As the axle rotates the motor wobbles, shaking the wood and generating ripples.

  • 10

    Hospital job cuts will make ripple through Triad communities.