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ripple

noun     /ˈrɪp.l̩/
[C] a small wave on the surface of water: The stone she threw caused ripples to spread across the lake.Waves [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).Feelings - general words [U] plain ice cream with thin lines of other flavours in it: raspberry ripplePuddings, desserts and ices
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