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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make a hissing or bubbling sound; effervesce.
  • n. A hissing or bubbling sound.
  • n. Effervescence.
  • n. An effervescent beverage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An emission of a rapid stream of bubbles.
  • n. The sound of such an emission.
  • n. A carbonated beverage.
  • v. To emit bubbles.
  • v. To make a rapid bubbling sound.
  • v. To shoot or project something moving at great velocity.
  • v. To travel at a great velocity, producing a sound caused by the speed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hissing sound.
  • intransitive v. To make a hissing sound, such as that of a burning fuse or a bubbling carbonated beverage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a hissing or sputtering sound; fizzle.
  • n. A hissing or sputtering sound.
  • n. A light frothy liquid; specifically, in the United States, soda-water or other effervescent water; in England, champagne: so called from the hissing sound it makes when uncorked. Also fizzle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become bubbly or frothy or foaming
  • n. an effervescent beverage (usually alcoholic)

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Onomatopoeia. (Wiktionary)

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