foam

noun
\ ˈfōm How to pronounce foam (audio) \

Definition of foam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light frothy mass of fine bubbles formed in or on the surface of a liquid or from a liquid: such as
a : a frothy mass formed in salivating or sweating
b : a stabilized froth produced chemically or mechanically and used especially in fighting oil fires
c : a material in a lightweight cellular form resulting from introduction of gas bubbles during manufacture
2 : sea
3 : something resembling foam

foam

verb
foamed; foaming; foams

Definition of foam (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to produce or form foam
b : to froth at the mouth especially in anger broadly : to be angry
2 : to gush out in foam
3 : to become covered with or as if with foam streets … foaming with life— Thomas Wolfe

transitive verb

1 : to cause to foam specifically : to cause air bubbles to form in
2 : to convert (something, such as a plastic) into a foam

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Other Words from foam

Noun

foamless \ ˈfōm-​ləs How to pronounce foamless (audio) \ adjective

Verb

foamable \ ˈfō-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce foamable (audio) \ adjective
foamer \ ˈfō-​mər How to pronounce foamer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for foam

Synonyms: Noun

froth, head, lather, spume, suds, surf

Synonyms: Verb

boil, burn, fume, rage, rankle, seethe, sizzle, steam, storm

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Examples of foam in a Sentence

Noun

As I poured the beer, foam bubbled up in the glass. The fire extinguisher is filled with foam. a can of shaving foam

Verb

The soda foamed in the glass. The mixture will bubble and foam when you add the yeast.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Either way, once the sash is closed and locked, the foam will seal out drafts. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Drafty Windows," 13 Sep. 2019 Following the July incident, the Boeing 737-800 was taken out of service and sent for maintenance, which was when the foam was discovered, the Miami Herald reported. Rebecca Tan, Anchorage Daily News, "Airline mechanic accused of sabotaging jet navigation system was previously fired by Alaska Airlines for maintenance mistakes," 7 Sep. 2019 The most dangerous thing would be if there is some major collision and pieces of the foam sheared off. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 Alani glued the foam inside the tube leading from the outside of the plane to its air data module, federal prosecutors allege. Fox News, "American Airlines mechanic allegedly tampered with plane in Miami to delay or cancel flight," 6 Sep. 2019 Following the July incident, the Boeing 737-800 was taken out of service and sent for maintenance, which was when the foam was discovered, the Miami Herald reported. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "American Airlines mechanic sabotaged plane’s navigation system amid labor dispute, feds say," 6 Sep. 2019 In this case, the cold foam also includes a splash of Starbucks pumpkin sauce, which lends the drink a subtle pumpkin flavor. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here's what the new Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew really tastes like," 27 Aug. 2019 The foam traveled downstream, contaminating much of the waterway in Windsor near its confluence with the Connecticut River. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A journey along the Farmington River in Bloomfield," 23 Aug. 2019 Desserts, too — like the Flan al estilo traditional de mama Marisa con espuma de crema Catalana ($10) feature those citrus notes, employing actual oranges and the essence thereof in the Catalan cream foam. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Springs: Celebrity chef José Andrés has a heavenly hit in Jaleo," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Devils are onto something The Devils are having the kind of offseason that would leave David Puddy foaming at the mouth. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins’ Anders Bjork has healthy outlook despite shoulder injuries," 3 Aug. 2019 Piles of foaming bubbles, some a few feet high, greeted the crowds of children and adults who made their way through a fundraising race in Park Ridge Saturday. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge Bubble Run raises money for childhood cancer foundation," 20 Aug. 2019 The lifeguard dragged Cottrell, who was foaming at the mouth, to shore on his paddleboard and attempted to perform CPR. Fox News, "Seminary student, 22, drowns in ocean off Florida while on honeymoon, officials say," 31 July 2019 Brewer described Thomas as foaming at the mouth and having red bloodshot eyes. Washington Post, "Ex-deputy says he feared attack before shooting unarmed man," 1 Aug. 2019 Griot’s Garage interior detailer, foaming tire cleaner and 3-IN-ONE RVcare seal conditioner The summer show-and-shine season is in full chat and Griot’s Garage is out with a pair of new detailing products. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A little summer lovin’ for the care of cars and RVs," 21 July 2019 Rabid animals exhibit symptoms including aggressive behavior, seizures, lethargy, vomiting and foaming at the mouth. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Bat at Fort Worth Water Gardens tests positive for rabies, health officials say," 24 July 2019 The non-comedogenic formula lightly foams to remove excess oil without over-stripping skin. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "The best products for oily skin, according to dermatologists," 6 July 2019 State officials warned recreational users on the Kentucky River that runoff would result in water discoloration, foaming and an odor. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of foam

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for foam

Noun

Middle English fome, from Old English fām; akin to Old High German feim foam, Latin spuma foam, pumex pumice

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The first known use of foam was before the 12th century

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foam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of foam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mass of small bubbles that are formed in or on a liquid
: a substance that is like a thick liquid made of many small bubbles
: a soft material that is used to make many products

foam

verb

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

: to produce foam

foam

noun
\ ˈfōm How to pronounce foam (audio) \

Kids Definition of foam

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mass of tiny bubbles that forms in or on the surface of a liquid

foam

verb
foamed; foaming

Kids Definition of foam (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or form a mass of tiny bubbles Baking soda will foam when you add vinegar.

foam

noun
\ ˈfōm How to pronounce foam (audio) \

Medical Definition of foam

: a light frothy mass of fine bubbles formed in or on the surface of a liquid spermicidal foam

Other Words from foam

foam verb

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