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noun [countable] ripple pronunciation in British English /ˈrɪp(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a small wave or series of waves on the surface of a liquid
    Joe threw a stone and watched the ripples spread out across the pond.
    1. a.
      something that looks like a wave
      There were ripples in the sand.
  2. 2
    an emotion that spreads gradually through a person or a group of people
    The issue has caused a few ripples amongst islanders.
    ripple of: Ralph felt a ripple of fear pass through him.
  3. 3
    a sound that gets gradually louder and then quieter
    There was a ripple amongst the audience as he announced his plans.
    a ripple of laughter/applause: A ripple of laughter lessened the tension.

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