Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small blister or pustule.
  • noun An air bubble.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A blister or pustule.
  • noun A bubble, as in water or other fluid, or in a substance that has been fluid, as glass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A large vesicle or bulla, usually containing a serous fluid; a blister; a bubble, as in water, glass, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A bubble, such as in paint or glass
  • noun medicine A large vesicle or bulla, usually containing a serous fluid
  • noun cytology An irregular bulge in the plasma membrane of a cell undergoing apoptosis
  • noun geology A bubble-like inclusion of one mineral within another
  • verb To form, or cause the formation of, blebs

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

  • noun (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration of blob.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly formed through mimesis, similarly to blob and blubber

Examples

  • Doctors make a small hole toward the front of the eye to drain out extra fluid, which is filtered through a "bleb" - a blisterlike bulge -- and eventually absorbed by the blood stream.

    Reuters: Press Release

  • Synopsis: Kaz is about to lose his girlfriend Cody to a "bleb", a composite of super-intelligent household items that integrate courtesy of a prevalent computer virus.

    REVIEW: The Year's Best Science Fiction #21 edited by Gardner Dozois

  • He could not breathe on his own, but neither could he tolerate breaths the way they should be delivered, all at once and then out again, because that bleb was expanding and would eventually burst, popping the way a birthday balloon does when the party is ended and the guests have dispersed, violently shredding beyond all hopes of repair.

    Between Expectations

  • He could not breathe on his own, but neither could he tolerate breaths the way they should be delivered, all at once and then out again, because that bleb was expanding and would eventually burst, popping the way a birthday balloon does when the party is ended and the guests have dispersed, violently shredding beyond all hopes of repair.

    Between Expectations

  • It's that scanner that peeks under your clothing, creating a ghostly but realistic image of your naked body, accurate down to every curve, knurl, protuberance, carbuncle, wen, bleb, wart and wattle and garfunkel.

    Airport frisk assessment: Gene gets rubbed the wrong way

  • It lapped over all the dges, and writing it was a process of running around in circles, pushing it back inside the railings when it tried to bleb out.

    we never learn. even deserts burn. and all politicians lie.

  • It was a complication of the emphysema that caused her to pass away at severty-five (a bleb in her lung burst).

    qdiosa Diary Entry

  • Review: Light-hearted (skillfully borderline silly) and inventive story with strong characters and good back story about Kaz's bleb paranoia since the death of his parents at the "hands" of a bleb (a set of steak knives attached to a coat rack).

    REVIEW: The Year's Best Science Fiction #21 edited by Gardner Dozois

  • The wound itself showed as a tiny scarlet spot on the sclera, a small conjunctival bleb above it.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • COOPER: You have been listening to Secretary of State Colin Powell, where in bleb, appearing with Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obedy (ph).

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2003

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  • "keep your eye clear as the bleb of the icicle"

    June 10, 2008

  • I love the "Visuals" for this word.

    June 21, 2011

  • Ambitions advance and they ebb

    Like throbs of the life-giving web.

    Once ardently sought

    Are goals now forgot

    And heart-breaking woe a mere bleb.

    October 16, 2018