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foam

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noun \ ˈfōm \

Definition of foam

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

foamless

play \ˈfōm-ləs\ adjective

Examples of foam in a Sentence

  1. As I poured the beer, foam bubbled up in the glass.

  2. The fire extinguisher is filled with foam.

  3. a can of shaving foam

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Origin and Etymology of foam

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

foam Synonyms

Synonyms
froth, head, lather, spume, suds, surf
Related Words
mousse; mist, spindrift, spray; scum

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foam

verb

Definition of foam

intransitive verb
1 a :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

foamable

play \ˈfō-mə-bəl\ adjective

foamer

play \ˈfō-mər\ noun

Examples of foam in a Sentence

  1. The soda foamed in the glass.

  2. The mixture will bubble and foam when you add the yeast.

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First Known Use of foam

before 12th century

foam Synonyms



FOAM Defined for English Language Learners

foam

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noun

Definition of foam for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of foam for English Language Learners

  • : to produce foam


FOAM Defined for Kids

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foam

play
noun \ ˈfōm \

Definition of foam for Students

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

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foam

verb

Definition of foam for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

foam

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noun \ ˈfōm \

medical Definition of foam

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

foam

verb


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