Meaning of “ripple” in the English Dictionary

"ripple" in British English

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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)

"ripple" in American English

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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:

(Definition of “ripple” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)