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ripplenoun

uk   /ˈrɪp.əl/  us   /ˈrɪp.əl/
[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

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 small wave or a slight movement of a surface, esp. the surface of water: The stone hit 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 laughter ran through the crowd. The story created 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 shy smile rippled nervously over his features.
(Definition of ripple from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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