What does bubble mean?

Definitions for bubble
ˈbʌb əlbub·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bubblenoun

    a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)

  2. house of cards, bubblenoun

    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"

  3. bubblenoun

    an impracticable and illusory idea

    "he didn't want to burst the newcomer's bubble"

  4. bubbleverb

    a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic

  5. bubbleverb

    form, produce, or emit bubbles

    "The soup was bubbling"

  6. ripple, babble, guggle, burble, bubble, gurgleverb

    flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

    "babbling brooks"

  7. bubbleverb

    rise in bubbles or as if in bubbles

    "bubble to the surface"

  8. bubbleverb

    cause to form bubbles

    "bubble gas through a liquid"

  9. burp, bubble, belch, eructverb

    expel gas from the stomach

    "In China it is polite to burp at the table"


  1. bubblenoun

    A spherically contained volume of air, especially one made from soapy liquid.

  2. bubblenoun

    A small spherical cavity in a solid material.

  3. bubblenoun

    Anything resembling a hollow sphere.

  4. bubblenoun

    A period of intense speculation in a market, causing prices to rise quickly to irrational levels as the metaphorical bubble expands, and then fall even more quickly as the bubble bursts.

  5. bubblenoun

    Someone who has been 'bubbled' or fooled; a dupe.

  6. bubblenoun

    a feverish upwelling

  7. bubblenoun

    a feverish surge of speculation in a financial market, usually followed by a market crash (eg the w:South Sea Bubble).

  8. bubblenoun

    a Greek (also: bubble and squeak)

  9. bubbleverb

    To produce bubbles, to rise up in bubbles (such in foods cooking).

  10. bubbleverb

    To cheat, delude.

  11. bubbleverb

    To cry, weep.

  12. Etymology: Partly imitative, also influenced by burble.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BUBBLEnoun

    Etymology: bobbel, Dutch.

    Bubbles are in the form of a hemisphere; air within, and a little skin of water without: and it seemeth somewhat strange, that the air should rise so swiftly, while it is in the water, and, when it cometh to the top, should be stayed by so weak a cover as that of the bubble is. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 24.

    The colours of bubbles, with which children play, are various, and change their situation variously, without any respect to confine or shadow. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    The earl of Lincoln was induced to participate, not lightly upon the strength of the proceedings there, which was but a bubble, but upon letters from the lady Margaret. Francis Bacon.

    Then a soldier,
    Seeking the bubble, reputation,
    Even in the cannon’s mouth. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    War, he sung, is toil and trouble,
    Honour but an empty bubble,
    Fighting still, and still destroying. Dryden.

    The nation then too late will find,
    Directors promises but wind,
    South-sea at best a mighty bubble. Jonathan Swift.

    Cease, dearest mother, cease to chide;
    Gany’s a cheat, and I’m a bubble;
    Yet why this great excess of trouble. Matthew Prior.

    He has been my bubble these twenty years, and, to my certain knowledge, understands no more of his own affairs, than a child in swaddling clothes. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

  2. To Bubbleverb

    To cheat: a cant word.

    He tells me, with great passion, that she has bubbled him out of his youth; and that she has drilled him on to five and fifty. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 89.

    Charles Mather could not bubble a young beau better with a toy. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

  3. To Bubbleverb

    To rise in bubbles.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Alas! a crimson river of warm blood,
    Like to a bubbling fountain stirr’d with wind,
    Doth rise and fall. William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.

    Adder’s fork, and blindworm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing:
    For a charm of pow’rful trouble,
    Like a hellbroth boil and bubble. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Still bubble on, and pour forth blood and tears. Dryden.

    For thee the bubbling springs appear’d to mourn,
    And whispering pines made vows for thy return. Dryden.

    The same spring suffers at some times a very manifest remission of its heat: at others, as manifest an increase of it; yea, sometimes to that excess, as to make it boil and bubble with extreme heat. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    Not bubbling fountains to the thirsty swain,
    Not show’rs to larks, or sunshine to the bee,
    Are half so charming as thy sight to me. Alexander Pope.


  1. bubble

    A bubble is a hollow sphere made of a thin layer of liquid enclosing gas or air. This term could refer to soap bubbles, air bubbles under water or in boiling water, or bubbles formed out of foam or froth. It is also used metaphorically in various fields such as economics and real estate to describe a situation where an asset's prices surge extensively, driven by speculative trading patterns, and often followed by a significant price crash.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bubblenoun

    a thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap bubble; bubbles on the surface of a river

  2. Bubblenoun

    a small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body; as, bubbles rising in champagne or aerated waters

  3. Bubblenoun

    a globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent solid; as, bubbles in window glass, or in a lens

  4. Bubblenoun

    a small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits

  5. Bubblenoun

    the globule of air in the spirit tube of a level

  6. Bubblenoun

    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

  7. Bubblenoun

    a person deceived by an empty project; a gull

  8. Bubblenoun

    to rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles

  9. Bubblenoun

    to run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles; as, a bubbling stream

  10. Bubblenoun

    to sing with a gurgling or warbling sound


  1. Bubble

    Bubble is a 2005 film directed by Steven Soderbergh. It was shot on high-definition video. It featured some unusual production aspects. In traditional terms, the movie has no script. All lines were improvised according to an outline written by screenwriter Coleman Hough, who previously teamed with Soderbergh on Full Frontal. Bubble was shot and edited by Soderbergh under the pseudonyms Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard. The film uses non-professional actors recruited from the Parkersburg, West Virginia / Belpre, Ohio area, where the film was shot. For example, the lead, Debbie Doebereiner, was found working the drive-through window in a Parkersburg KFC. Bubble was released simultaneously in movie theaters and on the cable/satellite TV network HDNet Movies on January 27, 2006. The DVD was released a few days later on January 31. It was nominated for Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards. Bubble is the first of six films Soderbergh plans to shoot and release in the same manner. The score for the movie was composed by Robert Pollard, who lives in Ohio.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bubble

    bub′l, n. a bladder of water blown out with air: anything empty: a cheating scheme.—adj. unsubstantial, deceptive.—v.i. to rise in bubbles.—v.t. to cheat with bubble schemes:—pr.p. bubb′ling; pa.p. bubb′led.—adj. Bubb′ly.—n. Bubb′ly-jock, a Scotch name for a turkey-cock.—Bubble and squeak, meat and cabbage fried together.—To bubble over, as of a pot boiling, with anger, mirth, &c. [Cf. Sw. bubbla, Dut. bobbel.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bubble

    Another term for spirit-level, used for astronomical instruments.

Rap Dictionary

  1. bubblenoun

    To have your (rap) career finally rise to the top. "So give me the microphone first so I can bust like a bubble" -- Snoop Dogg (Ain't Nuthin But A G Thang). This is actually a metaphor, not a known word for this.

  2. bubblenoun

    Ass. "Beautiful bubbles" wen a G grinds her booty pon a youthz buddy...seen

  3. bubbleverb

    sell drugs.i push to

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bubble in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bubble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of bubble in a Sentence

  1. Fiat Chrysler -LRB- FCA -RRB-:

    After 7 years of global auto expansion - and unprecedented NAFTA returns - FCA has done too little to insure itself against a downturn in our view. As the end of a lease driven bubble approaches, and M&A optionality fades, FCA looks out of time.

  2. Randy Frederick:

    You do have, potentially, speculators who are betting this bubble is going to deflate at some point.

  3. Hollie McKay/Fox:

    When I heard about Syria, I felt like it happened to me again, i felt my skin bubble. I felt the pain.

  4. Saud Abdul-Ghani:

    You're living inside a micro, climate-controlled bubble.

  5. Mike Loewengart:

    Brexit is the thought bubble looming large over retail investors' heads.

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
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