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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

ripple of excitement

a series of quiet but excited murmurs. A ripple of excitement spread through the crowd. As the president came near, a ripple of excitement indicated that people could really see him.
See also: excitement, of, ripple

ripple of protest

quiet remarks protesting something; a small amount of subdued protest. There was only a ripple of protest about the new tax law. The rude comedian hardly drew a ripple of protest.
See also: of, protest, ripple

ripple through something

1. Lit. to move through a liquid so as to cause ripples or tiny waves. The canoe rippled through the still water. A tiny snake rippled through the water of the swamp.
2. Fig. to move through something or a group of people in a ripple or wave motion. A murmur of excitement rippled through the crowd. Some giggling rippled through the group of children sitting by the door.
See also: ripple, through

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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Jan Frouman, CEO of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, said: "Establishing Ripple is another significant and exciting step for us, and underlines our strategy: to invest in digital content and distribution, but always in a thoughtful and strategic way for the benefit of the Group as a whole.
We are delighted to reach this agreement with Ripple and enter into the discovery phase with them," said Jeff Miller, Vice-President, Financial Solutions Group, CGI.
Ripple also formed a partnership with global consulting firm, Accenture, whereby the latter will offer Ripple products to its clients.
The new ripples mean that some of our most popular flavours now taste even better than before, and ensure that consumers can continue to enjoy superb quality ice cream at an attractive price," said Suncream's Managing Director, Rebecca Manfredi.
Operators report a 200 to 300 percent increase in tool service life from their finish knives when used in conjunction with ripple knives.
Ripple's technology innovations for creating impactful rich media ad units has also helped in delivering more impactful campaigns with the average engagement rateson Ripple being over 2 times of regular display campaigns.
Recommendations Loughlea Ripple 6pts win at 7-2 general Oxford 12.
The capacitors were well matched, except in two areas: the maximum allowable ripple current and the ESR.
Ripple supports schools and libraries and its mission is to promote children's literacy, strengthen US schools and foster connections between children and the important adults in their lives.
The best way to generate a positive ripple effect among your customers is to make a deliberate effort to increase the quality and quantity of the service you render.
I want you to understand what really matters" -Philippians 1:10 (New Living Translation) FLIP a stone across the surface of water and the ripples will flow out.
ART lovers from all over descended on Marsden Mechanics Hall for the annual Ripple Art Fair.
Launched in 2006, Ripple has placed screens in about 1,000 locations nationwide, including more than half in Southern California.
The upshot is a third liberation--following those of the slave girl and the two disciples--showing yet another ripple of the expanding Easter gospel: from last week's possibly Greek, definitely female Lydia to the unambiguously gentile and male jailer at Philippi, an official at least in Roman employ if not Roman himself.