- a nearly spherical body of gas contained in a liquid.
- a small globule of gas in a thin liquid envelope.
- a globule of air or gas, or a globular vacuum, contained in a solid.
- anything that lacks firmness, substance, or permanence; an illusion or delusion.
- an inflated speculation, especially if fraudulent: The real-estate bubble ruined many investors.
- the act or sound of bubbling.
- a spherical or nearly spherical canopy or shelter; dome: The bombing plane bristled with machine-gun bubbles. A network of radar bubbles stretches across northern Canada.
- a domelike structure, usually of inflated plastic, used to enclose a swimming pool, tennis court, etc.
- Informal. a protected, exempt, or unique area, industry, etc.: The oasis is a bubble of green in the middle of the desert.
- an area that can be defended, protected, patrolled, etc., or that comes under one's jurisdiction: The carrier fleet's bubble includes the Hawaiian Islands.
- a sudden, small, temporary change or divergence from a trend: In May there was a bubble in car sales, with three percent more being sold than last year.
- to form, produce, or release bubbles; effervesce.
- to flow or spout with a gurgling noise; gurgle.
- to boil: The tea bubbled in the pot.
- to speak, move, issue forth, or exist in a lively, sparkling manner; exude cheer: The play bubbled with songs and dances.
- to seethe or stir, as with excitement: His mind bubbles with plans and schemes.
- to cause to bubble; make bubbles in.
- Archaic. to cheat; deceive; swindle.
- bubble over, to become lively: The last time I saw her she was bubbling over with enthusiasm.
Origin of bubble
Examples from the Web for bubbling
The shared feelings, the bubbling emotion, the awe: she became an experience.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
Most of all, Orman reflects a bubbling Main Street frustration with hyper-partisan gridlock.The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate
September 6, 2014
In L.A., the really exhilarant cooking was bubbling up from the bottom, not trickling down from the top.Why Los Angeles Is the Best Food Town in America
November 16, 2013
“But now the lid is coming off and overt racism is bubbling out,” says Bennett.Ghosts of the Confederacy Out in Force as Fringe Rules GOP
October 16, 2013
Maybe it all was bubbling under the surface as she seemed to many people to be doing fine.What Pushed Miriam Carey to a Capitol Hill Tragedy?
October 4, 2013
It was red from heat, and the water was bubbling away in its boiler.The Dream
Phoebe's indignation was cumulative always, and was now bubbling into wrath.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He was bubbling over with excitement and the sense of his own huge importance.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Gubblum's porridge was bubbling, and the thivel worked vigorously.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Then, at last, when they were alone, he loosed the question that was bubbling on his lips.St. Martin's Summer
- a thin film of liquid forming a hollow globule around air or a gasa soap bubble
- a small globule of air or a gas in a liquid or a solid, as in carbonated drinks, glass, etc
- the sound made by a bubbling liquid
- something lacking substance, stability, or seriousness
- an unreliable scheme or enterprise
- a dome, esp a transparent glass or plastic one
- to form or cause to form bubbles
- (intr) to move or flow with a gurgling sound
- (intr; often foll by over) to overflow (with excitement, anger, etc)
- (intr) Scot to snivel; blubber
Word Origin and History for bubbling
early 14c., perhaps from Middle Dutch bobbel (n.) and/or Middle Low German bubbeln (v.), all probably of echoic origin. Bubble bath first recorded 1949. Of financial schemes originally in South Sea Bubble (1590s), on notion of "fragile and insubstantial."
mid-15c., perhaps from bubble (n.) and/or from Middle Low German bubbeln (v.), probably of echoic origin. Related: Bubbled; bubbling.