WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bub•ble /ˈbʌbəl/USA pronunciation
n., v., -bled, -bling. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [no object]
- Physicsa round body of gas in a liquid:The bubbles rose to the top of the kettle as the water boiled.
- anything that seems to be solid but is not;
a delusion or false hope:One day her bubble burst.
- a canopy, shelter, or structure in the shape of a ball;
dome:The huge bubble enclosed the stadium.
- to form, produce, or release bubbles:The boiling water was bubbling.
- to flow or spout with a gurgling noise:A fountain bubbled in the hotel lobby.
- to proceed or go along in a lively, sparkling manner: The play bubbled with fun.
- bubble over, [no object] to overflow with liveliness or happiness:bubbling over with joy at the prospect of moving to a new house.
(bub′əl),USA pronunciation n., v., -bled, -bling. n.
- Physicsa nearly spherical body of gas contained in a liquid.
- Physicsa small globule of gas in a thin liquid envelope.
- Physicsa globule of air or gas, or a globular vacuum, contained in a solid.
- anything that lacks firmness, substance, or permanence;
an illusion or delusion.
- an inflated speculation, esp. if fraudulent:The real-estate bubble ruined many investors.
- the act or sound of bubbling.
- a spherical or nearly spherical canopy or shelter;
dome:The bombing plane bristled with machine-gun bubbles. A network of radar bubbles stretches across northern Canada.
- a domelike structure, usually of inflated plastic, used to enclose a swimming pool, tennis court, etc.
- Informal Termsa protected, exempt, or unique area, industry, etc.:The oasis is a bubble of green in the middle of the desert.
- an area that can be defended, protected, patrolled, etc., or that comes under one's jurisdiction:The carrier fleet's bubble includes the Hawaiian Islands.
- a sudden, small, temporary change or divergence from a trend:In May there was a bubble in car sales, with three percent more being sold than last year.
- to form, produce, or release bubbles;
- to flow or spout with a gurgling noise;
- to boil:The tea bubbled in the pot.
- to speak, move, issue forth, or exist in a lively, sparkling manner;
exude cheer:The play bubbled with songs and dances.
- to seethe or stir, as with excitement:His mind bubbles with plans and schemes.
- to cause to bubble;
make bubbles in.
- [Archaic.]to cheat;
- bubble over, to become lively:The last time I saw her she was bubbling over with enthusiasm.
- 1350–1400; Middle English bobel (noun, nominal); cognate with Middle Dutch bobbel, Middle Low German bubbele, Swedish bubbla
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bubble /ˈbʌbəl/ n
- a thin film of liquid forming a hollow globule around air or a gas: a soap bubble
- a small globule of air or a gas in a liquid or a solid, as in carbonated drinks, glass, etc
- the sound made by a bubbling liquid
- something lacking substance, stability, or seriousness
- an unreliable scheme or enterprise
- a dome, esp a transparent glass or plastic one
Etymology: 14th Century: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish bubbla, Danish boble, Dutch bobbel, all of imitative origin
- to form or cause to form bubbles
- (intransitive) to move or flow with a gurgling sound
- (intransitive) ; often followed by over: to overflow (with excitement, anger, etc)
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