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bubble

[buhb-uh l] /ˈbʌb əl/
noun
1.
a nearly spherical body of gas contained in a liquid.
2.
a small globule of gas in a thin liquid envelope.
3.
a globule of air or gas, or a globular vacuum, contained in a solid.
4.
anything that lacks firmness, substance, or permanence; an illusion or delusion.
5.
an inflated speculation, especially if fraudulent:
The real-estate bubble ruined many investors.
6.
the act or sound of bubbling.
7.
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.
8.
a domelike structure, usually of inflated plastic, used to enclose a swimming pool, tennis court, etc.
9.
Informal. a protected, exempt, or unique area, industry, etc.:
The oasis is a bubble of green in the middle of the desert.
10.
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.
11.
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.
verb (used without object), bubbled, bubbling.
12.
to form, produce, or release bubbles; effervesce.
13.
to flow or spout with a gurgling noise; gurgle.
14.
to boil:
The tea bubbled in the pot.
15.
to speak, move, issue forth, or exist in a lively, sparkling manner; exude cheer:
The play bubbled with songs and dances.
16.
to seethe or stir, as with excitement:
His mind bubbles with plans and schemes.
verb (used with object), bubbled, bubbling.
17.
to cause to bubble; make bubbles in.
18.
Archaic. to cheat; deceive; swindle.
Verb phrases
19.
bubble over, to become lively:
The last time I saw her she was bubbling over with enthusiasm.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English bobel (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch bobbel, Middle Low German bubbele, Sw bubbla
Related forms
bubbleless, adjective
bubblelike, adjective
bubblingly, adverb
Can be confused
babble, Babel, bauble, bubble.

Sills

[silz] /sɪlz/
noun
1.
Beverly (Belle Silverman"Bubbles") 1929–2007, U.S. coloratura soprano and opera administrator.
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Examples for bubbles
  • Small, even bubbles are more lasting than big, uneven ones.
  • With racy acidity and bubbles, sparkling clinches best all-around seafood wine.
  • With a hammer or stick, tap along the edge band to release air bubbles.
  • We ask them to group related words and phrases into bubbles, which helps develop their vocabulary.
  • If students want to learn, they'll take that into account when they fill in the bubbles on the course evaluation form.
  • So maybe an advanced degree does not make teachers better at helping students fill in bubbles.
  • The more you beat, the more bubbles with a protein coating are created and the more the whole shebang fluffs up.
  • Remove visible bubbles from the jar with a plastic knife, chopstick or other nonmetallic instrument.
  • New mud bubbles-smaller fissures where mud and gas escape to the surface-continue to pop up across the landscape.
  • Every layer also contains tiny bubbles of trapped air, each of them a sample of a past atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for bubbles

bubble

/ˈbʌbəl/
noun
1.
a thin film of liquid forming a hollow globule around air or a gas a soap bubble
2.
a small globule of air or a gas in a liquid or a solid, as in carbonated drinks, glass, etc
3.
the sound made by a bubbling liquid
4.
something lacking substance, stability, or seriousness
5.
an unreliable scheme or enterprise
6.
a dome, esp a transparent glass or plastic one
verb
7.
to form or cause to form bubbles
8.
(intransitive) to move or flow with a gurgling sound
9.
(intransitive) ; often foll by over. to overflow (with excitement, anger, etc)
10.
(intransitive) (Scot) to snivel; blubber
See also bubble under
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish bubbla, Danish boble, Dutch bobbel, all of imitative origin

Sills

/sɪlz/
noun
1.
Beverley, original name Belle Silverman. 1929–2007, US soprano: director of the New York City Opera (1979–89)
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Word Origin and History for bubbles

bubble

n.

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."

v.

mid-15c., perhaps from bubble (n.) and/or from Middle Low German bubbeln (v.), probably of echoic origin. Related: Bubbled; bubbling.

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bubbles in Culture

bubble definition


A period of wild speculation in which the price of a commodity or stock or an entire market is inflated far beyond its real value. Bubbles are said to “burst” when a general awareness of the folly emerges and the price drops.

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