• WordNet 3.6
    • v bubble expel gas from the stomach "In China it is polite to burp at the table"
    • v bubble form, produce, or emit bubbles "The soup was bubbling"
    • v bubble cause to form bubbles "bubble gas through a liquid"
    • v bubble rise in bubbles or as if in bubbles "bubble to the surface"
    • v bubble flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise "babbling brooks"
    • n bubble a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic
    • n bubble an impracticable and illusory idea "he didn't want to burst the newcomer's bubble"
    • n bubble a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control "his proposal was nothing but a house of cards","a real estate bubble"
    • n bubble a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bubble gum contains rubber
    • Bubble A globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent solid; as, bubbles in window glass, or in a lens.
    • Bubble A person deceived by an empty project; a gull. "Ganny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble ."
    • Bubble A small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body; as, bubbles rising in champagne or aërated waters.
    • Bubble A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
    • Bubble A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap bubble; bubbles on the surface of a river. "Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow,
      Like bubbles in a late disturbed stream."
    • Bubble Anything that wants firmness or solidity; that which is more specious than real; a false show; a cheat or fraud; a delusive scheme; an empty project; a dishonest speculation; as, the South Sea bubble . "Then a soldier . . . Seeking the bubble reputation
      Even in the cannon's mouth."
    • Bubble The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
    • Bubble To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles. "The milk that bubbled in the pail."
    • Bubble To run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles; as, a bubbling stream.
    • Bubble To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound. "At mine ear Bubbled the nightingale and heeded not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The reason why bubble gum is pink is because the inventor only had pink colouring left. Ever since then, the colour of bubble gum has been predominantly pink
    • n bubble A small vesicle of water or other fluid inflated with air or other gas, and floating on the surface of the fluid. Such vesicles can sometimes, as in the case of the soap-bubble, be separated from the surface of the liquid, or be formed independently of it, by blowing from a pipe or other instrument.
    • n bubble A small globule of air or other gas in or rising through a liquid.
    • n bubble The vesicle of air in the glass spirit-tube of a mechanics' level.
    • n bubble One of the small hollow beads of glass formerly used for testing the strength of spirits by the rate at which they rise after being plunged in them. See bead, 7.
    • n bubble Anything that wants firmness, substance, or permanence; that which is more specious than real; a vain project; a false show; a delusion; a trifle.
    • n bubble An inflated speculation; a delusive commercial project, especially one which is put forward as insuring extraordinary profits; hence, a financial imposition or fraud; a cheating trick: as, the South Sea bubble. See below.
    • n bubble A person deceived by an empty project; a dupe.
    • n bubble In New England, hash or minced meat.
    • bubble To rise in bubbles, as liquors when boiling or agitated; send up bubbles.
    • bubble To run with a gurgling noise; gurgle: as, “bubbling fountains,”
    • bubble To utter a bubbling or gurgling cry.
    • bubble To cause to bubble.
    • bubble To cheat; deceive or impose on; hoodwink; bamboozle.
    • bubble To shed tears in a sniveling, blubbering, childish way.
    • n bubble Snot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humpback whales are the only ones that use bubbles to help capture their prey. The bubbles trap fish in a spot for feeding whales.
    • n Bubble bub′l a bladder of water blown out with air: anything empty: a cheating scheme
    • adj Bubble unsubstantial, deceptive
    • v.i Bubble to rise in bubbles
    • v.t Bubble to cheat with bubble schemes:—pr.p. bubb′ling; pa.p. bubb′led
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  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”
  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    “Comedy deflates the sense precisely so that the underlying lubricity and malice may bubble to the surface.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone: Dodging duty at the double, leaving work alone.”
  • Buddha
    “This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The brain that bubbles with phrases has hard work to collect its thoughts.”


Burst your bubble - If you correct someone's ignorant or delusional belief, you burst their bubble. (Bust someone's bubble is also used.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. bobbel, Dan. boble, Sw. bubbla,. Cf. Blob (n.)


In literature:

The chief thing is to keep the fire from spreading, and if that is done, the oil is left to bubble and burn until not a drop is left.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Soap bubbles blown with hydrogen rapidly rise in the air.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
The master sat a little behind Bubbles, and his arm rested on the back of Bubbles's chair.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
Big, orange bubbles are floating from the cauldrons!
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
Their windows open upon broken little streets and bubbling alleys.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
It is a picture beautiful as the opalescent colors of a soap bubble.
"The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice" by Stephen Leacock
If there are any air bubbles in the glass, especial care must be exercised.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Below the point was a wild bubbling and boiling of the water, although the surrounding sea was as smooth as glass.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
And now let us reflect whether the bubble will not also burst with the Germans.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
But it was badly aimed, and the hissing bubbles passed under her stern.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson

In poetry:

A little bubble
Once came sailing by,
And thus to the rock
Did it gayly cry,—
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
"Be not like Bubble,
Headstrong, rude, and vain,
Seeking by violence
Your object to gain;
"The Rock And The Bubble" by Louisa May Alcott
A dressed man and a naked man
Stood by the kip-house fire,
Watching the sooty cooking-pots
That bubble on the wire;
"A Dressed Man" by George Orwell
And pendent in the purple
Of heaven, like fireflies,
Bubbles of gold the great stars blew
From windows of the skies.
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
Life is mainly froth and bubble,
Two things stand hke stone ;
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
I am a bubble
Upon thy ever-moving, resting sea:
Oh, rest me now from tossing, trespass, trouble!
Take me down into thee.
"An Evening Prayer" by George MacDonald

In news:

Not many people forecast the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the bursting of the housing bubble.
The bubble burst six years ago for the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, when the UN slapped a trade embargo on Iraq for invading Kuwait.
Tensions Bubbling Again Over Falkland Islands .
Housing Bubbles Are Few and Far Between .
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Faun 's not afraid of technology, so their synths occasionally bubble in very modern ways.
The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind blowing bubble magic.
For-Profit Colleges: First and Last Victims of Higher Education 'Bubble'.
Best fish story of all bubbles to surface.
You don't like it too sweet, but still love the thrill of those pinprick bubbles.
Earth surrounded by giant fizzy bubbles.
For those new to the subject, bubble tea (otherwise known as pearl shake, tapioca ball drink and boba iced tea) is a popular Taiwanese drink made from hot or cold tea (in various flavours ), milk, sugar and tapioca balls.
Bubbles & Boba is located on Level 2 of The Dubai Mall.
Designers have since given us bubble-gum-flavored floss , Gore-Tex strands and tooth-shaped dispensers — all in an attempt to make flossing seem fun or at least not too difficult.
Welcome to another episode of "NewsHour Plus" where we see what is bubbling up in the world of technology and science.

In science:

The density and pressure in an adiabatic wind bubble (eq. ) can be used to obtain the relation p = ρv 2 w /5 in the bubble.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
X-ray observations of bubbles around Galactic Wolf-Rayet stars have the potential to shed light on the question of bubble properties.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
Numerous observations of x-ray deficient bubbles in clusters and of motions induced by these bubbles have substantiated this model (e.g.
Feedback in AGN heating of galaxy clusters
This hints (but does not prove), that the bubbles are not entirely relativistic, because the bubbles are in pressure equilibrium with their environment.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters
The formation process of the bubble is likely to lead to some internal motion within the bubble.
Feedback Heating with Slow Jets in Cooling Flow Clusters