bubble

noun, often attributive
bub·​ble | \ ˈbə-bəl How to pronounce bubble (audio) \

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
7 : an enclosed or isolated sphere of experience or activity in which the like-minded members of a homogeneous community support and reinforce their shared opinions the liberal/conservative bubble Countless people … complain that Facebook employees are increasingly living in a bubble.— Nick Bilton
burst someone's bubble
informal : to cause someone to suddenly realize that something believed, trusted, or admired is not really true, good, etc. I hate to burst your bubble high school seniors, but, for most of you, the dreaded cafeteria food isn't going to get any better.— Sarah Tarr

bubble

verb
bubbled; bubbling\ ˈbə-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce bubbling (audio) \

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

As my daughter grew to school age, the tradition continued with my (now toddler) son. Fridays with Nana is a series to rival Tuesdays with Morrie: there are bubbles, donuts, and rigorous drawer-organizing sessions. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "I Couldn't Be a Mom, Without My Own Mom's Help," 10 May 2019 The brand posted a photo of Christina Grasso, an outspoken survivor and anti-eating disorder advocate, on their Instagram, using #detox and #retox under a photo of her in a bubble bath drinking a glass of wine. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Jameela Jamil Called Out Khloé Kardashian and a Detox Tea Company For Promoting Unhealthy Products," 21 Mar. 2019 Fat is what enables air bubbles to form, which is what gives whipped cream the volume it's known for, so a fattier cream—like heavy whipping cream—is the best option to reach for. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The Easiest Hack to Make Your Own Whipped Cream," 4 Apr. 2019 In order to produce champagne's signature bubbles, the wine must undergo a second fermentation in the bottle with a dose of yeast and sugars, but the yeast would leave unappealing sediment in the bottom of the bottle and leave the wine cloudy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 The current high-water mark is 1999, near the height of the dot-com bubble, when companies raised $107.9 billion going public in the U.S., according to Dealogic. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Pinterest Files Confidentially for IPO," 22 Feb. 2019 Aside from the ball pit, there was a full-sized carnival swing, a carousel, and lots of bubbles. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Detail You Missed at Kylie Jenner’s Daughter’s Outrageous First Birthday Party," 11 Feb. 2019 After a three-hour dive, the sub came to the surface in a froth of bubbles. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea," 16 Sep. 2018 And so the question is whether the business model is tied to the problematic elements of filter bubbles and radicalization within groups. Nicholas Thompson, WIRED, "How Facebook Checks Facts and Polices Hate Speech," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the first time, Quant captured a feeling that bubbled up from the street. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Mary Quant and Her Chelsea Girls Swing Into London’s V&A Museum," 5 Apr. 2019 That lava has bubbled up through about 20 fissure vents and forced thousands of people to evacuate. Washington Post, "Scientists study lava for clues to how volcano will behave," 16 May 2018 Most of the movement against noise has bubbled up from citizens’ groups and cities. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Noise isn’t just annoying — it wrecks our hearing," 9 May 2018 Tensions have officially bubbled over as @FCBarcelona go down to 10 men. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Barcelona draws Real Madrid 2-2 in El Clasico 2018: Highlights, live updates recap," 6 May 2018 But the name Mendelssohn has nonetheless bubbled on the lips of fans and rival trainers alike. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Mendelssohn is no mystery, rivals say, but a serious Kentucky Derby contender," 3 May 2018 And from pop culture to folklore, witchcraft is often depicted as arcane and dark, a world of bubbling cauldrons and crystal balls. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 Clinging perilously to a perch above the quietly bubbling Dordogne River are the creamy yellow peaks of Château de la Treyne. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Inside the Secret Application Process to Become a Relais & Châteaux Hotel," 31 Jan. 2019 Three-year-old An Biên specializes in Haiphong-style seafood, like thick bánh da noodles in a rich crab-and-pork broth, or plump mantis shrimp to dunk in a bubbling hot pot. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 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 How to pronounce bubble (audio) \

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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