n. wavelike motion; undulation; sound like that of water running over a stony bottom
It's part of a long-term ripple effect caused by the decline in auto manufacturing jobs.
Sentence in Classic:
The call went echoing down the empty aisles and died out in the distance in a faint sound that resembled a ripple of mocking laughter.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer By Mark Twain Context
He had left behind only the ripple of amusement which his speedy despatch had caused among her friends; and though later (to shift the metaphor) he reappeared lower down the stream, it was only in fleeting glimpses, with long submergences between.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
One packed rush was made to the side, and every eye counted every ripple, as moment followed moment, and no sign of either the sinker or the diver could be seen.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
Today, for example, its surface was broken by a very unexpected ripple, which has caused our friend considerable perplexity and annoyance.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context
With no other guide than the ripple of the stream where it met the head of the island, a party of their insatiable foes had ventured into the current, and swam down upon this point, knowing the ready access it would give, if successful, to their intended victims.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
Then all of a sudden it fell dead calm; there was not a breath of wind nor a ripple upon the water, so the men furled the sails and stowed them; then taking to their oars they whitened the water with the foam they raised in rowing.