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bubble

[buhb-uhl]
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; Middle English bobel (noun); cognate with Middle Dutch bobbel, Middle Low German bubbele, Sw bubbla

bubbleless, adjective
bubblelike, adjective
bubblingly, adverb

babble, Babel, bauble, bubble.
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bubble (ˈbʌbəl)
 
n
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
 
vb (; often foll by over)
7.  to form or cause to form bubbles
8.  (intr) to move or flow with a gurgling sound
9.  to overflow (with excitement, anger, etc)
10.  (Scot) (intr) to snivel; blubber
 
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish bubbla, Danish boble, Dutch bobbel, all of imitative origin]

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bubble
early 14c. (n.), mid-15c. (v.), perhaps from M.Du. bobbel (n.) and/or M.L.G. 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."
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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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