a ripple effect

ripple effect

The continuing impact that one thing or event has on others. She always hoped that the kindness she showed others would have a positive ripple effect through her community. Many people believe that the flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause a ripple effect that impacts weather patterns hundreds of miles away.
See also: effect, ripple

a ˈripple effect

a situation in which an event or action has an effect on something, which then has an effect on something else: His resignation will have a ripple effect on the whole department.
A ripple is a small wave on the surface of a liquid, especially water in a lake, etc.
See also: effect, ripple
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com)-- A Ripple Effect reminds you - what happens to us doesn't have to define or control you.
The service you provide to clients creates a ripple effect that can build up or tear down all the hard work you've invested.
Every choice we make creates a ripple effect on our lives and those of others round about us.
Willow and cottonwood are returning in northern Yellowstone, and a ripple effect has begun.
Many initiatives have arisen since then, generating a ripple effect in which 'you put a stone in the water and it continues further and further'.
Record-breaking gas prices are changing the way Southern Californians live - pinching budgets, rearranging commutes and having a ripple effect across the economy.
While radical changes are unlikely, any change could cause a ripple effect that would unsettle the delicate balance between boom and bust.
That is, the painting must seem to expand beyond the canvas, so that its abstractness seems unlimitable--a surge of alternative vision, with the inner recognition of primary process (what Husserl called inner time consciousness and Bergson called duration) as a ripple effect.
Latham--who is not involved in the latest rumored deal--said, "The Downtown market is largely dependent on the financial services sector, and there's a ripple effect when financial firms start adding jobs.
Guerrero's signing will create a ripple effect throughout the organization, both on the field and in future years.
Said Purdue head coach Joe Tiller, ``You see a guy like Drew in a high-profile sport and he's succeeding academically, it has a ripple effect on the entire athletic program.