Bubble definition

bŭbəl
The sound made by the forming and bursting of bubbles.
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To move or flow with a gurgling sound.

A brook bubbling along its course.

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(informal) To cause (a baby) to burp.
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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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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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(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.
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A pocket formed in a solid by air or gas that is trapped, as during cooling or hardening.
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A protective, often isolating envelope or cover.
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A rounded or irregularly shaped outline containing the words that a character in a cartoon is represented to be saying.
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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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To rise to the surface.

Gas bubbled up through the swamp water.

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To become active or intense enough to come into prominence.
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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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Anything shaped like a bubble, sphere, or hemisphere, as a plastic or glass dome.
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The act, process, or sound of bubbling.
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Anything that is ephemeral or insubstantial.
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Any idea, scheme, etc. that seems plausible at first but quickly shows itself to be worthless or misleading.
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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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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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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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Something light or effervescent.
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A thin, usually spherical or hemispherical film of liquid filled with air or gas.

A soap bubble.

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A globular body of air or gas formed within a liquid.

Air bubbles rising to the surface.

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A usually transparent glass or plastic dome.
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A usually oval outline, as on a ballot or a standardized test form, intended to be filled in using a pencil or pen.
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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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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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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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bubble
Plural:
bubbles

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