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ripplenoun

uk   /ˈrɪp.əl/  us   /ˈrɪp.əl/
[C] a ​smallwave on the ​surface of ​water: The ​stone she ​threwcaused ripples to ​spreadacross the ​lake.
[C] a ​sound or ​feeling that ​spreads through a ​person or ​group of ​people, ​graduallyincreasing and then ​becomingsmaller: A ripple of ​laughter/​applause, etc.ran through the ​crowd. A ripple of ​excitement/​unease, etc.flowed up her ​spine. News of the ​warhardlycaused a ripple (= ​peopleshowed little ​interest).
[U] plainicecream with ​thinlines of other ​flavours in it: raspberry ripple

rippleverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈrɪp.əl/  us   /ˈrɪp.əl/
(Definition of ripple from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ripplenoun [C]

 us   /ˈrɪp·əl/
a ​smallwave or a ​slightmovement of a ​surface, esp. the ​surface of ​water: The ​stonehit the ​water and caused a ​ring of ripples to ​spread out.
A ripple is also a ​sound or ​feeling that is ​slight but is ​noticed: A ripple of ​laughterran through the ​crowd. The ​storycreated ripples of ​alarm here in Washington.

rippleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈrɪp·əl/
Something that ripples moves in a way that is not ​obvious but is ​noticeable: [I always + adv/prep] A ​shysmile rippled ​nervously over his ​features.
(Definition of ripple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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