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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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Tag 3 friends in the post and invite them to continue the ripple.
Heidi Jo Newberg of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have posited that the flat disc shape commonly attributed to our galaxy is instead a collection of concentric ripples, meaning that the Milky Way is least 50% bigger than previously thought, spanning 150,000 lightyears across.
Developed to give consumers a much improved taste experience and made on the premises at Suncrcam's Tamworth factory, the new ripples arc being added to the Summertime(TM) Choc Mint Ripple and Raspberry Ripple flavours, and to the Gelato Gold(TM) After Dinner Mint ice cream.
If you want ripples in your icicles, just add salt.
The soft Ripple Shad baits are rigged on weighted, weedless worm hooks; the tails beat on the retrieve and the ripples deliver more minnow-like vibrations.
Washington, July 27 (ANI): Scientists from the University of California Riverside (UCR) have manipulated ripples in graphene, which would enable the development of strain-based graphene electronics.
First predicted by Einstein, the waves are thought to be ripples in space-time caused by cosmic events such as the merging of two galaxies.
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.
Ripples on the Mersey and Waves Enterprise were set up through the Sirolli Institute to help budding entrepreneurs create their own businesses in the city's LI, L2 and L3 districts and south Liverpool, respectively.
Ripples have been used in facies analysis and determination of the location of the beach, but also for calculating several hydrological parameters (e.
Yvonne worked as a professional artist, using materials funded by the school to produce a sculpture depicting circular ripples on water.
We spoke of this metaphorically five weeks ago, in describing Acts and Revelation as ripples emanating from the historical and eschatological Easters, such that we who live between them are pushed and pulled by both.
Then, blow across its surface and watch the ripples.
When an insect lands on a pond, it creates ripples in the water.
Ripples On A Pond is the story of Temple Minnis, a placid, privileged, picturesque, affluent village that behind a smooth facade there lurks an old and ugly secret.