- 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 bubble
Even as early as December 4, remarks from inside the bubble were cryptic and frightened.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
All sorts of government policies blew that bubble up until it popped.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
It appears that, rather than having burst, the comic book “bubble” is just getting started.
With any luck, the comic book “bubble” will never pop, but all golden ages must eventually come to an end.
He cites the example of the Bubble Sisters, a four-piece girl group that made its debut in 2003.Black K-Pop Fans Come Out of the Closet
August 31, 2014
The crest is a bubble, and really the effect produced by it is most ludicrous.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The captain's triumphant exuberance continued to bubble over.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
His mother listened for the simmer and bubble of the water on the fire.The Shadow of a Crime
The wild justice of this idea made the blood to bubble in his ears.The Manxman
Life itself is a bubble and a skepticism, and a sleep within a sleep.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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 bubble
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.