Bubbles



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, especially 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.
Informal. 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.
Archaic. to cheat; deceive; swindle.
bubble over, to become lively:
The last time I saw her she was bubbling over with enthusiasm.
Beverly (Belle Silverman”Bubbles”) 1929–2007, U.S. coloratura soprano and opera administrator.
Contemporary Examples

Julia Child’s Master Class Sarah Whitman-Salkin August 3, 2009
Font of Invention September 17, 2014
The First “Neverland” Andrew Goldman June 25, 2009
Why Financial Reform Will Fail Christopher Chabris, Daniel Simons July 13, 2010
Another Massacre’s Gun Law Lesson, From Stockton, Calif., Survivors Michael Daly December 20, 2012

Historical Examples

A Sweet Little Maid Amy E. Blanchard
The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
Melomaniacs James Huneker
The Court of Boyville William Allen White

noun
a thin film of liquid forming a hollow globule around air or a gas: a soap bubble
a small globule of air or a gas in a liquid or a solid, as in carbonated drinks, glass, etc
the sound made by a bubbling liquid
something lacking substance, stability, or seriousness
an unreliable scheme or enterprise
a dome, esp a transparent glass or plastic one
verb
to form or cause to form bubbles
(intransitive) to move or flow with a gurgling sound
(intransitive) ; often foll by over. to overflow (with excitement, anger, etc)
(intransitive) (Scot) to snivel; blubber
noun
Beverley, original name Belle Silverman. 1929–2007, US soprano: director of the New York City Opera (1979–89)
n.
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