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rip·ple 1

 (rĭp′əl)
v. rip·pled, rip·pling, rip·ples
v.intr.
1.
a. To form or display little undulations or waves on the surface, as disturbed water does.
b. To flow with such undulations or waves on the surface.
2. To rise and fall gently in tone or volume.
v.tr.
To cause to form small waves or undulations.
n.
1. A small wave.
2. A wavelike motion; an undulation: the ripple of a flag.
3. A sound like that made by rippling water: a ripple of laughter.

[Middle English ripplen, to wrinkle, crease, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

rip′pler n.
rip′pling·ly adv.

rip·ple 2

 (rĭp′əl)
n.
A comblike, toothed instrument for removing seeds from flax and other fibers.
tr.v. rip·pled, rip·pling, rip·ples
To remove seeds from with a comblike, toothed instrument.

[Middle English, from *ripelen, to remove seeds; akin to Middle Low German repelen.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rippling - a small wave on the surface of a liquidrippling - a small wave on the surface of a liquid
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

rippling

adjective
Emitting a murmuring sound felt to resemble a laugh:
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Moffat, she saw a happy, bright-eyed face in the mirror, as she laid her ferns against her rippling hair and fastened the roses in the dress that didn't strike her as so very shabby now.
At length the sun set in a flood of glory, behind the distant western hills, and as darkness drew its veil around the secluded spot the sounds of preparation diminished; the last light finally disappeared from the log cabin of some officer; the trees cast their deeper shadows over the mounds and the rippling stream, and a silence soon pervaded the camp, as deep as that which reigned in the vast forest by which it was environed.
So when they were working that evening at the pumps, there was on this head no small gamesomeness slily going on among them, as they stood with their feet continually overflowed by the rippling clear water; clear as any mountain spring, gentlemen --that bubbling from the pumps ran across the deck, and poured itself out in steady spouts at the lee scupper-holes.
The blue waves of Lake Erie danced, rippling and sparkling, in the sun-light.
Sir Uwaine, at a sign from his mother, went to the anteroom and called some servants, and meanwhile madame went rippling sweetly along with her talk.
The amphitheatre was packed, from the bull-ring to the highest row - twelve thousand people in one circling mass, one slanting, solid mass - royalties, nobles, clergy, ladies, gentlemen, state officials, generals, admirals, soldiers, sailors, lawyers, thieves, merchants, brokers, cooks, housemaids, scullery-maids, doubtful women, dudes, gamblers, beggars, loafers, tramps, American ladies, gentlemen, preachers, English ladies, gentlemen, preachers, German ditto, French ditto, and so on and so on, all the world represented: Spaniards to admire and praise, foreigners to enjoy and go home and find fault - there they were, one solid, sloping, circling sweep of rippling and flashing color under the downpour of the summer sun - just a garden, a gaudy, gorgeous flower-garden
Suddenly a clear rippling little sound broke out near her and she turned round.
When morning rose over Aldborough, the sun was master in the blue heaven, and the waves were rippling gayly under the summer breeze.