ripple
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ripple(
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puhl
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (small wave)
a. la onda
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Alex threw a stone into the water, making ripples across the surface.Alex tiró una piedra al agua, haciendo que aparecieran ondas en la superficie.
b. la ondulación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The sea was like a mill pond, with barely a ripple in sight.El mar estaba como una balsa, sin apenas una ondulación a la vista.
2. (sound)
a. el murmullo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
At the answer Peter gave the teacher, there was a ripple of laughter around the classroom.Tras la respuesta que Peter le dio al profesor, se oyó un murmullo de risas en la clase.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(reaction)
a. la oleada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
A ripple of panic went through her when she saw his face.Al ver la cara de él, una oleada de pánico recorrió su cuerpo.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
A ripple of surprise crossed his face when he heard what his mother had to say.Su cara reflejó la sorpresa que le producían las palabras de su madre.
The publication of the book caused a ripple of interest, but sales never took off.La publicación del libro generó un cierto interés, pero no se vendió muy bien.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to form small waves)
a. rizarse
The water rippled gently in the wake of passing boats.El agua se rizaba suavemente en la estela de los botes que pasaban.
b. ondularse
When the surface rippled, the reflection of the trees on the water got distorted.Al ondularse la superficie, el reflejo de los árboles en el agua quedó distorsionado.
5. (to move like waves)
a. ondularse (fields or grass)
The fields of barley rippled in the wind, like a sea of velvet.Los campos de cebada se ondulaban con el viento, como un mar de terciopelo.
b. tensarse (muscles)
I could see his muscles rippling under his tanned skin.Veía como se le tensaban los músculos bajo la piel bronceada.
6.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to spread)
a. extenderse
A wave of panic rippled through stock markets today.Hoy se extendió una ola de pánico por los mercados bursátiles.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to make small waves in)
a. rizar
A stiff breeze rippled the waters of the lake.Una fuerte brisa rizaba las aguas del lago.
b. ondular
Don slipped over the side of the boat, barely rippling the surface.Don se deslizó por la borda del barco, apenas ondulando la superficie.
8. (to cause to move like waves)
a. ondular (the fields or grass)
A strong wind blew, rippling the grass and shaking the willow branches.Soplaba un viento fuerte, que ondulaba la hierba y sacudía las ramas del sauce.
b. tensar (muscles)
The bodybuilder rippled his muscles as he came into the stage.El culturista tensó los músculos al salir al escenario.
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ripple
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (on water)
a. la onda f, ondulación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (of excitement)
a. el asomo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (of applause)
a. el murmullo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (water)
a. ondular
5. (laughter, applause)
a. extenderse
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ripple [ˈrɪpl]
noun
(small wave) onda (f); rizo (m); (sound) murmullo (m)
a ripple of excitement un susurro or murmullo de emoción; a ripple of applause unos cuantos aplausos
transitive verb
ondular; rizar
I could see the dawn breeze rippling the shining water A slight wind rippled the crops in the valley
intransitive verb
rizarse
You throw a pebble in a pool and it ripples the rippling deep blue water of the lake The tops of the trees rippled #in the breeze
the crowd rippled with excitement el público se estremeció emocionado
A chill shiver rippled over his skin
modifier
ripple effect (n) reacción (f) en cadena; efecto (m) dominó
to have a ripple effect provocar una reacción en cadena; tener un efecto dominó
Delayed flights have a ripple effect. Just one late flight could be carrying passengers for #a dozen connecting services
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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a simple act of caring creates an endless ripple
un simple acto de cuidado crea una ondulación interminable
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