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The Definition of - bubble (verb)

    a nearly spherical body of gas contained in a liquid.
    a small globule of gas in a thin liquid envelope.
    a 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, especially 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. a 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.
    verb (used without object), bubbled, bubbling.
    to form, produce, or release bubbles; effervesce.
    to flow or spout with a gurgling noise; gurgle.
    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.
    verb (used with object), bubbled, bubbling.
    to cause to bubble; make bubbles in.
    Archaic. to cheat; deceive; swindle.
    Verb phrases
    bubble over, to become lively:
    The last time I saw her she was bubbling over with enthusiasm.

Word Example of - bubble

    Example Sentences for bubble

    She laughed that low laugh of hers that was like the bubble of a spring.

    It was rounded on top, and it could easily be the dome of a bubble.

    So she pricks the boy's bubble, and points him to the one thing needful—God in the soul.

    If you blast a hole in the bubble you'll destroy its energy balance.

    When he comes out into the normal atmosphere the bubble is caught and remains.

    Bubble had had breakfast at half-past six, and had had nothing since.

    But did he,” I asked, “try to prick the bubble of Sunchildism?

    But the whole effect was very cheerful and pleasant, and Bubble was enchanted.

    Money was plentiful in the country, and was so easily obtained, that bubble companies and stock-jobbing had become rife.

    Bubble looked from him to the basin, and back again, with amused perplexity.

Word Origin & History of - bubble

    Word Origin & History

    bubble early 14c. (n.), mid-15c. (v.), perhaps from M.Du. bobbel (n.) and/or M.L.G. bubbeln (v.), all probably of echoic origin. Bubble bath first recorded 1949. Of financial schemes originally in South Sea Bubble (1590s), on notion of "fragile and insubstantial."

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