Definition of Bubble

1. Noun. A hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide).

Specialized synonyms: Air Bubble, Foam, Froth, Soap Bubble
Generic synonyms: Globule
Derivative terms: Bubbly

2. Verb. Form, produce, or emit bubbles. "The soup was bubbling"
Generic synonyms: Breathe, Emit, Pass Off
Specialized synonyms: Effervesce, Fizz, Foam, Form Bubbles, Froth, Sparkle
Also: Bubble Over

3. Noun. A speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control. "A real estate bubble"
Exact synonyms: House Of Cards
Generic synonyms: Scheme, Strategy

4. Verb. Flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise. "Babbling brooks"
Exact synonyms: Babble, Burble, Guggle, Gurgle, Ripple
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Related verbs: Gurgle
Derivative terms: Bubbler, Gurgle, Ripple

5. Noun. An impracticable and illusory idea. "He didn't want to burst the newcomer's bubble"
Generic synonyms: Fancy, Fantasy, Illusion, Phantasy

6. Verb. Rise in bubbles or as if in bubbles. "Bubble to the surface"
Generic synonyms: Arise, Come Up, Go Up, Lift, Move Up, Rise, Uprise

7. Noun. A dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic.
Generic synonyms: Covering

8. Verb. Cause to form bubbles. "Bubble gas through a liquid"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

9. Verb. Expel gas from the stomach. "In China it is polite to burp at the table"
Exact synonyms: Belch, Burp, Eruct
Generic synonyms: Breathe, Emit, Pass Off
Derivative terms: Belch, Burp, Eructation

Definition of Bubble

1. n. A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap bubble; bubbles on the surface of a river.

2. v. i. To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles.

Definition of Bubble

1. Noun. A spherically contained volume of air, especially one made from soapy liquid. ¹

2. Noun. A small spherical cavity in a solid material. ¹

3. Noun. Anything resembling a hollow sphere. ¹

4. Noun. (economics) A period of intense speculation in a market, causing prices to rise quickly to irrational levels as the metaphorical bubble expands, and then fall even more quickly as the bubble bursts. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) Someone who has been ‘bubbled’ or fooled; a dupe. ¹

6. Noun. (figuratively) a feverish upwelling ¹

7. Noun. (figuratively) a feverish surge of speculation in a financial market, usually followed by a market crash (eg the w:South Sea Bubble). ¹

8. Noun. (Cockney rhyming slang) a Greek (''also:'' bubble and squeak) ¹

9. Noun. (figurative) emotional or\and physical atmosphere in which the subject is immersed; circumstances, ambience ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To produce bubbles, to rise up in bubbles (such in foods cooking). ¹

11. Verb. (transitive archaic) To cheat, delude. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive Scotland and Northern England) To cry, weep. ¹

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Definition of Bubble

1. to form bubbles (bodies of gas contained within a liquid) [v -BLED, -BLING, -BLES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Bubble

bubas braziliana
bubba vote
bubbe meise
bubble (current term)
bubble-jet printer
bubble and squeak
bubble bath
bubble baths
bubble blower
bubble car
bubble cars
bubble chamber

Literary usage of Bubble

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"The bubble decreased in size, and the motion became more and more rapid as the size ... The thought immediately occurred that this was not a gas-bubble, ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"Level the instrument, bring the bubble precisely to the middle of the tube over one ... Since the bubble is brought to the center of the tube each time a ..."

3. The Theory and Practice of Surveying: Designed for the Use of Surveyors and by John Butler Johnson (1900)
"For this purpose the bubble-tube should be ground accurately to the arc of a ... Then a given bubble-movement in any part of the tube corresponds to a known ..."

4. Plane Surveying: A Text-book and Pocket Manual by John Clayton Tracy (1907)
"For a ood transit the bubble attached to the telescope should have sensitiveness ... Assuming :hat the bubble-tube is attached to the telescope of a level, ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"A thin boundary layer is present near the bubble, and, although acoustic streaming velocities are not large, a high velocity gradient exists in this ..."

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