ripple - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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.