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v. rip·pled, rip·pling, rip·ples
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.
To cause to form small waves or undulations.
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.]
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.]
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