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bubble

noun, often attributive bub·ble \ ˈbə-bəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of bubble

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
2 a : 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

Examples of bubble in a Sentence

  1. They saw air bubbles in the water.

  2. There were bubbles in the ice.

  3. The Internet stock bubble finally burst.

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Origin and Etymology of bubble

Middle English bobel


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bubble

verb

Definition of bubble

bubbled; bubbling play \ˈbə-b(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a : 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
3 a : 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

Examples of bubble in a Sentence

  1. the soapy water bubbled down the drain

Recent Examples of bubble from the Web

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First Known Use of bubble

15th century

bubble Synonyms

Synonyms
gurgle, dribble, guggle, lap, plash, ripple, splash, trickle, wash
Antonyms
pour, roll, stream
Related Words
eddy, purl, swirl; swash, swish, swoosh, whish; drip, drop; gush, jet, rush, spew, spout, spurt, squirt
Near Antonyms
run


BUBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

bubble

noun

Definition of bubble for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of bubble for English Language Learners

  • : to form or produce bubbles

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

  • : to be very happy and excited


BUBBLE Defined for Kids

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bubble

noun bub·ble \ ˈbə-bəl \

Definition of bubble for Students

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

bubbly

\ˈbə-blē\ adjective

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bubble

verb

Definition of bubble for Students

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


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