bubble

noun, often attributive
bub·​ble | \ ˈbə-bəl \

Definition of bubble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small globule typically hollow and light: such 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 (such as a plastic or inflatable structure) that is hemispherical or semicylindrical
2a : something that lacks firmness, solidity, or reality
b : a delusive scheme
3 : a sound like that of bubbling
5 : a state of booming economic activity (as in a stock market) that often ends in a sudden collapse
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 playoffs

bubble

verb
bubbled; bubbling\ ˈbə-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of bubble (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to form or produce bubbles
b : to rise in or as if in bubbles usually used with up
2 : to flow with a gurgling sound a brook bubbling over rocks
3a : to become lively or effervescent bubbling with good humor
b : to speak in a lively and fluent manner

transitive verb

1 : to utter (something) effervescently
2 : to cause to bubble

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bubble

Synonyms: Verb

dribble, guggle, gurgle, lap, plash, ripple, splash, trickle, wash

Antonyms: Verb

pour, roll, stream

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Examples of bubble in a Sentence

Noun

They saw air bubbles in the water. There were bubbles in the ice. The Internet stock bubble finally burst.

Verb

the soapy water bubbled down the drain
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some people can fit an entire box so this will be a fun little challenge that will certainly involve tons of bubblegum bubbles. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Cook on low until bubbles have slowed and sauce is thick, 10 to 15 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sticky Toffee Pudding," 27 Nov. 2018 Photo: Laura Buckman for The Wall Street Journal The central bank saw the increases as necessary to ensure the economy doesn’t overheat and cause an outsize jump in inflation, or lead to another asset bubble. Jon Hilsenrath, WSJ, "Let the Good Times...Stay a Little Longer?," 16 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Talks this summer between Israel and Hamas—with Egypt as an intermediary—aimed at calming tensions that have bubbled up after relative calm since the end of the 2014 war between them haven’t yielded results. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Tensions Mount at Israel-Gaza Border as Talks Stall," 21 Sep. 2018 The real hate that has bubbled to the surface of the national discourse. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Black pastors see Trump bringing 'new hope' -- but still need to convince their flocks," 3 Aug. 2018 The killing of Jamal Khashoggi ruined the stone-faced calm that kept inconvenient questions for the U.S.-Saudi relationship from bubbling up. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "On Saudi Arabia, Trump Has a Clue," 23 Nov. 2018 Here, even over five years later, that bubbling animosity is still present. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 Over medium-high heat, get the juices bubbling hot and then add the remaining ½ cup of wine, scraping up the bits stuck to the pan. Kim Severson, The Seattle Times, "The rise and fall of turkey brining — and here’s one chef’s new recipe," 20 Nov. 2018 By Air More than 600 flights were canceled Sunday, with residual cancellations and delays bubbling over into Monday. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Typhoon Trami Will Affect Your Travel," 1 Oct. 2018 But the more Mehl learned about what occurred at the fertility center—the careless way her precious genetic material was handled, and how the industry as a whole lacks government oversight and regulation—her furor bubbled. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "When Your Dreams of Motherhood Are Destroyed," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bubble

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for bubble

Noun

Middle English bobel

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bubble

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bubble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

bubble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bubble (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form or produce bubbles

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

: to be very happy and excited

bubble

noun
bub·​ble | \ ˈbə-bəl \

Kids Definition of bubble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a tiny round body of air or gas in a liquid bubbles in boiling water
2 : a round body of air within a solid a bubble in glass
3 : a thin film of liquid filled with air or gas soap bubbles

Other Words from bubble

bubbly \ ˈbə-​blē \ adjective

bubble

verb
bubbled; bubbling

Kids Definition of bubble (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to form or produce bubbles
2 : to flow with a gurgle The brook bubbles over rocks.

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