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ripple

noun uk   /ˈrɪp.l̩/ us  
[C] a small wave on the surface of water: The stone she threw caused ripples to spread across the lake. [C] a sound or feeling that spreads through a person or group of people, gradually increasing and then becoming smaller: A ripple of laughter/applause, etc. ran through the crowd. A ripple of excitement/unease, etc. flowed up her spine. News of the war hardly caused a ripple (= people showed little interest). [U] plain ice cream with thin lines of other flavours in it: raspberry ripple

ripple

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈrɪp.l̩/ us  
to (cause to) move in small waves: The breeze rippled the water. His muscles rippled under his skin.
Translations of “ripple”
in Korean 잔물결…
in Arabic تَمَوّج…
in French ondulation…
in Turkish küçük dalgalar oluşmak/oluşturmak, hafifçe dalgalan(dır)mak…
in Italian increspatura…
in Chinese (Traditional) 漣漪, 微波, 細浪…
in Russian покрывать(ся) рябью…
in Polish marszczyć (się), falować…
in Spanish ondulación…
in Portuguese onda…
in German die Kräuselung, kleine Welle…
in Catalan ona, ondulació…
in Japanese さざ波, 波紋…
in Chinese (Simplified) 涟漪, 微波, 细浪…
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