A baby playing with bubbles.
- The definition of a bubble is a thin liquid that forms into a ball around air or gas, a tiny ball of air or gas in a liquid, or something in this shape.
- An example of a bubble is a thin ball of soap; a soap bubble.
- An example of a bubble is the carbonation in a soda.
- Bubble means to make or form into thin balls of liquid or foam, or to make a boiling sound.
- An example of bubble is for boiling water to start forming little balls on the surface of the water.
- An example of bubble is making a popping sound such as the sound made by a pot of tomato sauce that is boiling on the stove.
- a very thin film of liquid forming a ball around air or gas: soap bubbles
- a tiny ball of air or gas in a liquid or solid, as in carbonated water, glass, etc.
- anything shaped like a bubble, sphere, or hemisphere, as a plastic or glass dome
- anything that is ephemeral or insubstantial
- any idea, scheme, etc. that seems plausible at first but quickly shows itself to be worthless or misleading
- a condition or period of extreme overvaluation, as in the market for stocks or real estate, resulting from wildly speculative buying
- the act, process, or sound of bubbling
Origin of bubbleMiddle English bobel, of echoic origin, originally , as in Middle Dutch bubbel
intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to make bubbles; rise in bubbles; boil; foam; effervesce
- to make a boiling or gurgling sound
Origin of bubbleME bobelen
- to form bubbles in; make bubble
- Informal to cause (a baby) to burp
- to overflow, as boiling liquid
- to be unrestrained in expressing one's enthusiasm, zest, etc.
on the bubble
- a. A thin, usually spherical or hemispherical film of liquid filled with air or gas: a soap bubble.b. A globular body of air or gas formed within a liquid: air bubbles rising to the surface.c. A pocket formed in a solid by air or gas that is trapped, as during cooling or hardening.
- The sound made by the forming and bursting of bubbles.
- Something insubstantial, groundless, or ephemeral, especially a fantastic or impracticable idea or belief: didn't want to burst the new volunteers' bubble.
- Something light or effervescent: “Macon—though terribly distressed—had to fight down a bubble of laughter” ( Anne Tyler )
- a. A usually transparent glass or plastic dome.b. A protective, often isolating envelope or cover: “The Secret Service will talk of tightening protection, but no President wants to live in a bubble” ( Anthony Lewis )
- a. A usually oval outline, as on a ballot or a standardized test form, intended to be filled in using a pencil or pen.b. A rounded or irregularly shaped outline, as in a cartoon or other drawing, containing a character's speech or thoughts, as represented by words or pictures.
- Economics An increase in the price of a commodity, investment, or market that is not warranted by economic fundamentals and is usually caused by ongoing investment or speculation in the expectation that the price will increase further.
intransitive verbbub·bled, bub·bling, bub·bles
- To form or give off bubbles: soup bubbling on the stove.
- To move or flow with a gurgling sound: a brook bubbling along its course.
- a. To rise to the surface: gas bubbled up through the swamp water.b. To become active or intense enough to come into prominence: “Since then, the revolution has bubbled up again in many forms” ( Jonathan Schell )
- To display irrepressible activity or emotion: The kids were bubbling over with excitement.
Origin of bubbleFrom Middle English bubelen to bubble
- A spherically contained volume of air or other gas, especially one made from soapy liquid.
- A small spherical cavity in a solid material.
- bubbles in window glass, or in a lens
- Anything resembling a hollow sphere.
- (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 (eg the South Sea Bubble).
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1979, p. 15:
- For no woman, sure, will plead the passion of love for an excuse. This would be to own herself the mere tool and bubble of the man.
- (figuratively) The emotional and/or physical atmosphere in which the subject is immersed; circumstances, ambience.
- (Cockney rhyming slang) a Greek (also: bubble and squeak)
- A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
- The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
- Anything lacking firmness or solidity; a cheat or fraud; an empty project.
(third-person singular simple present bubbles, present participle bubbling, simple past and past participle bubbled)
Partly imitative, also influenced by burble.
bubble - Computer Definition
bubble - Investment & Finance Definition
Markets that rise significantly above what rational expectations would dictate. Recently, the stock market run-up in the late 1990s that ended in 2000 is cited as an example of a stock market bubble. Historically there have been many bubbles, such as the South Sea Bubble and the Dutch Tulip Bubble. See also Tulipmania and South Sea Company Bubble.