Bubble meaning

bŭbəl
Something insubstantial, groundless, or ephemeral, especially a fantastic or impracticable idea or belief.

Didn't want to burst the new volunteers' bubble.

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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.

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To move or flow with a gurgling sound.

A brook bubbling along its course.

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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.

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The sound made by the forming and bursting of bubbles.
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Something light or effervescent.
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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.
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To form or give off bubbles.

Soup bubbling on the stove.

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To display irrepressible activity or emotion.

The kids were bubbling over with excitement.

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Capable of being categorized in one class or another; borderline.

Coaches evaluating bubble players to see which ones might play at a higher level.

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A very thin film of liquid forming a ball around air or gas.

Soap bubbles.

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A tiny ball of air or gas in a liquid or solid, as in carbonated water, glass, etc.
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Anything shaped like a bubble, sphere, or hemisphere, as a plastic or glass dome.
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A condition or period of extreme overvaluation, as in the market for stocks or real estate, resulting from wildly speculative buying.
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The act, process, or sound of bubbling.
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To make bubbles; rise in bubbles; boil; foam; effervesce.
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To make a boiling or gurgling sound.
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To form bubbles in; make bubble.
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To cause (a baby) to burp.
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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.
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A spherically contained volume of air or other gas, especially one made from soapy liquid.
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A small spherical cavity in a solid material.

Bubbles in window glass, or in a lens.

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Anything resembling a hollow sphere.
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(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).
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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.

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(figuratively) The emotional and/or physical atmosphere in which the subject is immersed; circumstances, ambience.
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(Cockney rhyming slang) A Greek (also: bubble and squeak)
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A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
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The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
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Anything lacking firmness or solidity; a cheat or fraud; an empty project.
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(intransitive) To produce bubbles, to rise up in bubbles (such in foods cooking).
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(archaic) To cheat, delude.
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(intransitive, Scotland and Northern England) To cry, weep.
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on the bubble
  • On the brink of a new development or condition, especially in danger of being cut from a sports team:.
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bubble over
  • To overflow, as boiling liquid.
  • To be unrestrained in expressing one's enthusiasm, zest, etc.
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on the bubble
  • In a situation in which the outcome is uncertain but already in the process of being determined or decided.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bubble

  • From Middle English bubelen to bubble

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Partly imitative, also influenced by burble.

    From Wiktionary