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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.
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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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Standard Chartered first partnered with Ripple in December 2015 where it successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) to deliver the worlds first application of distributed ledger technology to enhance the overall security of trade finance invoicing.
3 simulated output voltage ripples are shown for frequency modulated boost converter operating in both CCM and discontinuous conduction mode (DCM).
Ripples of Hope reminds us, too, that as late as the 1950s, Mexican Americans and most Latinos "were denied the rights of citizenship, worker protections and equal access to basic education and health care"--even while their labor was highly valued, particularly in the Southwest.
US blockchain firm Ripple has secured $55 million in funding from investors such as Standard Chartered, Accenture and SBI Holdings.
Some regions revealed ripples 38 meters apart and 5.
The ripples are separated by about 35,000 light-years--which produces a B-flat 57 octaves below middle C.
Previous attempts to mathematically represent surface-separating ripples, however, have led to nonsensical implications, including solid surfaces passing through each other like ghosts.
Ingersoll now says this ring represents a gravity wave - atmospheric ripples that cause the debris from the impact to bob up and down.
He has tentatively identified this fainter, slower-moving dark circle as a gravity wave, whose expanding ripples cause material in Jupiter's upper atmosphere to bob up and down.
If they are strong enough to be observed, the ripples resulting from the impact may enable researchers to measure and calculate some of the key elements missing from a complete picture of how Jupiter's winds operate and how the Great Red Spot survives.
Two new sky maps are giving astronomers their first direct glimpse of individual structures -- gravitational ripples -- in the primordial universe.
If it weren't for the unnaturally luminous colors, you might think you were looking at ripples centered around a pair of barely submerged rocks in a pool of water.
The fluctuations represent tiny gravitational ripples -- variations in the density of matter.
By mathematically parting those weeds, astronomers have found five gentle ripples of ring brightness, each with its own periodicity.
And as different stones produce similar ripples, many biomolecules have common effects, for example, changing the rate at which mammalian cells turn food (glucose) and oxygen into energy and waste products, mostly lactic acid and carbon dioxide.