soap bubble


Definition of soap bubble

: a hollow iridescent globe formed by blowing a film of soapsuds (as from a pipe)

Examples of soap bubble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the image above, this plant is being pollinated by a soap bubble that carries pollen. Keith Ladzinski, National Geographic, "Can we make these lakes great again?," 18 Nov. 2020 Theatre is ephemeral, but the idea of Broadway—a $1.8-billion industry and a major part of the city’s (and the country’s) artistic lifeblood—disappearing like a soap bubble was hard to fathom. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for the Future of Broadway," 24 Aug. 2020 Like the florid feathers of a male peacock or the shimmer of a soap bubble, these structures are iridescent, shining with different hues depending on the angle they’re viewed from. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Glitzy Beetles Use Their Sparkle for Camouflage," 29 Jan. 2020 That, along with the pollination of the real pear flowers, indicated that a drone with a soap bubble maker could successfully pollinate flowers, the study said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "With bees in short supply, soap bubbles could assist with pollination, study finds," 17 June 2020 On a marble fortified against bottomless blackness by a shell of air and color, fragile and miraculous as a soap bubble. New York Times, "Earthrise: 50 Years Since Apollo 8," 24 Apr. 2020 Water and scrubbing with your hands are important to this process because the combination creates more soap bubbles, which disrupt the chemical bonds that allow bacteria, viruses and other germs to stick to surfaces. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Why soap, sanitizer and warm water work against Covid-19 and other viruses," 24 Mar. 2020 That's especially important because there are nasty germs and bacteria out there that don't have soft, fatty bellies that soap bubbles can attack -- such as hepatitis A virus, poliovirus, meningitis and pneumonia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Why soap, sanitizer and warm water work against Covid-19 and other viruses," 24 Mar. 2020 For instance, in 2016, French physicists worked out a theoretical model for the exact mechanism for how soap bubbles form when jets of air hit a soapy film. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists determine the optimal soap recipe for blowing gigantic bubbles," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of soap bubble

1639, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

7 Dec 2020

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“Soap bubble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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