[huhb-uh l]


a small hump, as on the surface of ice or a road.
Scot. and North England.
  1. a heap; pile.
  2. a tumult; hubbub; uproar.

Origin of hubble

perhaps < early Dutch hobbel knot, bump; akin to heuvel hill


[huhb-uh l]


Edwin Powell,1889–1953, U.S. astronomer: pioneer in extragalactic research. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • At the mention of the word police the hubble died down a little.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • Any reason why I should go through with your Hubble Award idea?


    Basil Eugene Wells

  • "He was a world of trouble to you, ma'am," said Mrs. Hubble, commiserating my sister.

    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

  • He would then show Mr. Hubble's letters, or some other papers signed by the Dartmouth magistrates.

  • Hubble bubble, the Indian pipe termed a hookah is thus designated, from the noise it makes when being smoked.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for hubble



Edwin Powell. 1889–1953, US astronomer, noted for his investigations of nebulae and the recession of the galaxies
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Word Origin and History for hubble



space telescope placed in orbit 1990, named for U.S. astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889-1953).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hubble in Science


[hŭbəl]Edwin Powell 1889-1953

See Note at big bang Doppler effect.

American astronomer who demonstrated that there are galaxies beyond our own and that they are receding from ours, providing strong evidence that the universe is expanding. Hubble also established the first measurements for the age and radius of the known universe, and his methods for determining them remain in use today.
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