• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ripe far along in time "a man of advanced age","advanced in years","a ripe old age","the ripe age of 90"
    • adj ripe at the highest point of development especially in judgment or knowledge "a ripe mind"
    • adj ripe fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used "ripe peaches","full-bodied mature wines"
    • adj ripe most suitable or right for a particular purpose "a good time to plant tomatoes","the right time to act","the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
    • adj ripe fully prepared or eager "the colonists were ripe for revolution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colour is not an indicator for the taste or ripeness in cranberries
    • Ripe Advanced to the state of fitness for use; mellow; as, ripe cheese; ripe wine.
    • Ripe Having attained its full development; mature; perfected; consummate. "Ripe courage.""He was a scholar, and a ripe and good one."
    • Ripe Intoxicated. "Reeling ripe ."
    • Ripe Like ripened fruit in ruddiness and plumpness. "Those happy smilets,
      That played on her ripe lip."
    • Ripe Maturated or suppurated; ready to discharge; -- said of sores, tumors, etc.
    • Ripe Ready for action or effect; prepared. "While things were just ripe for a war.""I am not ripe to pass sentence on the gravest public bodies."
    • Ripe Ready for reaping or gathering; having attained perfection; mature; -- said of fruits, seeds, etc.; as, ripe grain. "So mayst thou live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
      Into thy mother's lap."
    • n Ripe rīp The bank of a river.
    • v. t Ripe To mature; to ripen.
    • v. i Ripe To ripen; to grow ripe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are bananas called "Red banana" that are maroon to dark purple when ripe
    • ripe Ready for reaping, gathering, or using; brought to completion or perfection; mature: usually said of that which is grown and used for food: as, ripe fruit; ripe corn.
    • ripe Advanced to the state of being fit for use, or in the best condition for use: said of mutton, venison, game, cheese, beer, etc., which has acquired a peculiar and approved flavor by keeping.
    • ripe Resembling ripe fruit in ruddiness, juiciness, or plumpness.
    • ripe Full-grown; developed; finished; having experience, knowledge, or skill; equipped; accomplished; wise; clever: as, a ripe judgment; a ripe old age.
    • ripe Mature; ready for some change or operation, as an ovum for discharge from the ovary, an abscess for lancing, a cataract for extraction, or a fish for spawning.
    • ripe Ready for action or effect: often preceded by a specific word: as, bursting ripe, fighting ripe—that is, ready to burst, or to fight.
    • ripe Synonyms Mature, Ripe. See mature.
    • ripe To ripen; grow ripe; be matured. See ripen.
    • ripe To grow old.
    • ripe To mature; ripen; make ripe.
    • ripe To search (especially, pockets); rummage; hence, to plunder.
    • ripe To poke.
    • ripe To sweep or wipe clean; clean.
    • ripe To examine strictly.
    • ripe To break up (rough ground).
    • n ripe A bank.
    • n ripe Same as rip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A ripe cranberry will bounce. Another name for a cranberry is bounceberry
    • adj Ripe rīp ready for harvest: arrived at perfection: fit for use: developed to the utmost: finished: ready: resembling ripe fruit: mature, as ripe judgment
    • v.i Ripe to grow ripe, to ripen
    • v.t Ripe (Shak.) to make ripe
    • v.t Ripe to make ripe: to bring to perfection
    • v.t Ripe rīp to search, to rummage.
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  • Paul Klee
    “Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Men must endure, their going hence even as their coming hither. Ripeness is all.”
  • Donald H. Mcgannon
    Donald H. Mcgannon
    “The world has more winnable people than ever before but it is possible to come out of a ripe field empty-handed.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.”
  • Ray Kroc
    Ray Kroc
    “Are you green and growing or ripe and rotting?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rīpe,; akin to OS. rīpi, D. rijp, G. rief, OHG. rīft,; cf. AS. rīp, harvest, rīpan, to reap. Cf. Reap
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

You know the color of a ripe gooseberry, that indefinable faint purplish tint; well, that was it.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
One of these occasions is when the canarium nut, so much used in native cookery, is ripe.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
I'd come to look for blueberries, but there wasn't as many ripe as there is to-day, though that isn't sayin' much.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
When ripe they are discharged from the cells in which they were formed, and enter the ooegonium.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
If he can find nothing else, he steals dates in the palm gardens, especially when ripe fruits have fallen after heavy storms.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
To grow ripe onions the seeds must be sowed as early in the spring as the ground can be worked.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
He wanted to see if the cherries were ripe.
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
The grapes from which the seed is to be used, should be fully ripe, and none but well developed, large berries, should be taken.
"The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines" by George Husmann
Now let's see if there's any strawberries ripe.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn
They were more than ripe.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Yellow as dancing wheat-ears ripe
He suns with his gay youth,
And feeds me with the gold of light,
The thrice-tried gleam of truth.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Where'er he pass the silvery springs'
Foam-people sing the flowers awake;
And sappy lips of bark-clad things
Laugh ripe each berried brake.
"Comradery" by Madison Julius Cawein
As if but yesterday departed,
Thou too art gone before; but why,
O'er ripe fruit, seasonably gathered,
Should frail survivors heave a sigh?
"Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" by William Wordsworth
When yet a third time Sorrow came, we met
In the ripe silence of an Autumn day:
I gave her fruit I had gathered, and she ate,
Then seemed to go unwillingly away.
"Sorrow’s Importunity" by Alfred Austin
And what is He? The ripe grain nods,
The sweet dews fall, the sweet flowers blow;
But darker signs His presence show
The earthquake and the storm are God's,
And good and evil interflow.
"The Over-Heart" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Steadfast, ne'er thrown in fight,
The deed in brow of Zeus to ripeness brought;
For wrapt in shadowy night,
Tangled, unscanned by mortal sight,
Extend the pathways of his secret thought.
"A Prayer For Artemis" by Aeschylus

In news:

They are for a feature in our 2012 issue…the rain hasn't been kind to the plants, and without sun, things aren't getting so ripe on the vine.
To see the world in a ripe strawberry.
Farm fresh, juicy, ripe tomatoes are out of season now, but canned tomatoes are always available, thank goodness.
) Wash and dry 12 - 14 small/med ripe tomatoes.
4 ripe peaches peeled and pureed.
A ripe peach is perhaps the most exquisite summer fruit.
A perfect example of lush, natural flavor, ripe peaches are so very, very beautiful.
"Because we've had a wet humid year with cool night time temperatures, that gives you a ripe time for a disease called, pecan scab" explained Washington County Horticulture Agent, Matthew Orwat.
You'll know your persimmon is ripe if you pick it up from the ground after it has fallen naturally.
Ripe persimmons often go "Splat".
1 cup mashed ripe bananas .
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana .
1-Cup ripe mashed bananas (about 3).
8 Very ripe bananas .
1 1?2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 large bananas ).

In science:

The model we propose is ripe for extensions and further analysis.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
But we shall close this list of research problems by stating what seems to be the single most important related area ripe for investigation at the present time.
The birth of the giant component
The Routing Information Service of RIPE is another important source of BGP data.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
Then, the manuscript is moved to a second pool (ripe manuscripts).
Accelerating the pace of discovery by changing the peer review algorithm
Every month, the editors of the journals evaluate the ripe articles.
Accelerating the pace of discovery by changing the peer review algorithm