Dictionary: RI-PA'RI-AN – RIP'RAP

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RI-PA'RI-AN, a. [L. ripa.]

Pertaining to the bank of a river.

RIPE, a. [Sax. ripe, gerip; D. ryp; G. reif. The Saxon word signifies harvest, a reap or reaping; ripa, a handful of corn; ripan, to reap; ripian, to ripen.]

  1. Brought to perfection in growth or to the best state; mature; fit for use; as, ripe fruit; ripe corn.
  2. Advanced to perfection; matured; as, ripe judgment, or ripe in judgment.
  3. Finished; consummate; as, a ripe scholar.
  4. Brought to the point of taking effect; matured; ready; prepared; as, things just ripe for war. Addison.
  5. Fully qualified by improvement; prepared; as, a student ripe for the university; a saint ripe for heaven. Fell. Dryden.
  6. Resembling the ripeness of fruit; as, a ripe lip. – Shak.
  7. Complete; proper for use. When time is ripe. – Shak.
  8. Maturated; suppurated; as an abscess or tumor.

RIPE, v.i.

To ripen; to grow ripe; to be matured. [Not used. See Ripen.] – Shak.

RIPE, v.t.

To mature; to ripen. [Not used.] – Shak.

RIPE'LY, adv.

Maturely; at the fit time. Shak.

RIP'EN, v.i. [ri'pn; Sax. ripian; D. rypen; G. reifen.]

  1. To grow ripe; to be matured; as grain or fruit. Grain ripens best in dry weather.
  2. To approach or come to perfection; to be fitted or prepared; as, a project is ripening for execution.

RIP'EN, v.t. [ri'pn.]

  1. To mature; to make ripe; as grain or fruit.
  2. To mature; to fit or prepare; as, to ripen one for heaven.
  3. To bring to perfection; as, to ripen the judgment.

RIP'EN-ED, pp.

Made ripe; come to maturity.


  1. The state of being ripe or brought to the state of perfection which fits for use; maturity; as, the ripeness of grain.
  2. Full growth. Time which made them their fame outlive, / To Cowley scarce did ripeness give. – Denham.
  3. Perfection; completeness; as, the ripeness of virtue, wisdom or judgment.
  4. Fitness; qualification. – Shak.
  5. Complete maturation or suppuration, as of an ulcer or abscess.
  6. A state of preparation; as, the ripeness of a project for execution.

RIP-EN-ING, ppr.

Maturing; making ripe.


An epithet given to certain mountains in the North of Asia, probably signifying snowy mountains.

RIP-I-E'NO, a. [It.]

In music, full.

RIP'I-ER, or RIP'PER, n.

In old laws, one who brings fish to market in the inland country. – Cowel.

RIP'PED, pp.

Torn or cut off or out; torn open.


One who tears or cuts open.


  1. A tearing.
  2. A discovery. [Obs.] – Spenser.

RIP'PING, ppr.

Cutting or tearing off or open; tearing up.


  1. The fretting of the surface of water; little curling waves.
  2. A large comb or hatchel for cleaning flax.

RIP'PLE, v.i. [In Dan. ripper is to stir or agitate; In G. riffe is a hatchel; and riffeln, to hatchel; in Sax gerifled is wrinkled. Ripple is probably allied to rip.]

To fret on the surface; as water when agitated or running over a rough bottom, appears rough and broken, or as if ripped or torn.

RIP'PLE, v.t. [G. riffeln, to hatchel.]

  1. To clean, as flax. – Ray.
  2. To agitate the surface of water.

RIP'PLE-MARKS, n. [plur.]

The undulated marks, which receding waves leave on the sea-beach.


  1. The ripple dashing on the shore, or the noise of it. – Pennant.
  2. The act or method of cleaning flax; a hatcheling.


Fretting on the surface.


In a rippling manner.


In engineering, a foundation or parapet of stones thrown together without order, as in deep water or on a soft bottom.