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[huhb-uh l] /ˈhʌb əl/
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
early Dutch
perhaps < early Dutch hobbel knot, bump; akin to heuvel hill


[huhb-uh l] /ˈhʌb əl/
Edwin Powell, 1889–1953, U.S. astronomer: pioneer in extragalactic research. Unabridged
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  • Notwithstanding my positive directions to hubble the horses last evening one of the men neglected to comply.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • At the mention of the word police the hubble died down a little.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • This moral mystery seemed too much for the company until Mr. hubble tersely solved it by saying, "Naterally wicious."

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • Any reason why I should go through with your hubble Award idea?

    Stalemate 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
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hubble in Science
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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