bubble: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bub'ul), [key]
— n., v., -bled, -bling.
- a nearly spherical body of gas contained in a liquid.
- a small globule of gas in a thin liquid envelope.
- a globule of air or gas, or a globular vacuum, contained in a solid.
- anything that lacks firmness, substance, or permanence; an illusion or delusion.
- an inflated speculation, esp. if fraudulent: The real-estate bubble ruined many investors.
- the act or sound of bubbling.
- 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.
- a domelike structure, usually of inflated plastic, used to enclose a swimming pool, tennis court, etc.
- a protected, exempt, or unique area, industry, etc.: The oasis is a bubble of green in the middle of the desert.
- 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.
- 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.
- to form, produce, or release bubbles; effervesce.
- to flow or spout with a gurgling noise; gurgle.
- to boil: The tea bubbled in the pot.
- to speak, move, issue forth, or exist in a lively, sparkling manner; exude cheer: The play bubbled with songs and dances.
- to seethe or stir, as with excitement: His mind bubbles with plans and schemes.
- to cause to bubble; make bubbles in.
- to cheat; deceive; swindle.
- to become lively: The last time I saw her she was bubbling over with enthusiasm.
- bubble (Thesaurus)