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bubble

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noun bub·ble \ˈbə-bəl\

Simple Definition of bubble

  • : a tiny, round ball of air or gas inside a liquid

  • : a small ball of air in a solid substance

  • : a very light ball of air inside a thin layer of soap

Full Definition of bubble

  1. 1 :  a small globule typically hollow and light: as a :  a small body of gas within a liquid b :  a thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas c :  a globule in a transparent solid d :  something (as a plastic or inflatable structure) that is hemispherical or semicylindrical

  2. 2 a :  something that lacks firmness, solidity, or reality b :  a delusive scheme

  3. 3 :  a sound like that of bubbling

  4. 4 :  magnetic bubble

  5. 5 :  a state of booming economic activity (as in a stock market) that often ends in a sudden collapse

  6. 6 :  the condition of being at risk of exclusion or replacement (as from a tournament) —usually used in the phrase on the bubble <teams still on the bubble for the play-offs>

Examples of bubble

  1. They saw air bubbles in the water.

  2. There were bubbles in the ice.

  3. The Internet stock bubble finally burst.



Origin of bubble

Middle English bobel


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with bubble


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bubble

verb bub·ble

Simple Definition of bubble

  • : to form or produce bubbles

  • : to flow with the quiet sound of water moving over rocks

  • : to be very happy and excited

Full Definition of bubble

bub·bledbub·bling play \ˈbə-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to form or produce bubbles b :  to rise in or as if in bubbles —usually used with up

  3. 2 :  to flow with a gurgling sound <a brook bubbling over rocks>

  4. 3 a :  to become lively or effervescent <bubbling with good humor> b :  to speak in a lively and fluent manner

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to utter (as words) effervescently

  7. 2 :  to cause to bubble

Examples of bubble

  1. <the soapy water bubbled down the drain>



15th Century

First Known Use of bubble

15th century




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