from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A thin, usually spherical or hemispherical film of liquid filled with air or gas.
- noun A globular body of air or gas formed within a liquid.
- noun A pocket formed in a solid by air or gas that is trapped, as during cooling or hardening.
- noun The sound made by the forming and bursting of bubbles.
- noun Something insubstantial, groundless, or ephemeral, especially a fantastic or impracticable idea or belief.
- noun Something light or effervescent.
- noun A usually transparent glass or plastic dome.
- noun A protective, often isolating envelope or cover.
- noun A usually oval outline, as on a ballot or a standardized test form, intended to be filled in using a pencil or pen.
- noun A rounded or irregularly shaped outline containing the words that a character in a cartoon is represented to be saying.
- noun Economics An increase in the price of a commodity, investment, or market that is not warranted by economic fundamentals and is usually caused by ongoing investment or speculation in the expectation that the price will increase further.
- intransitive verb To form or give off bubbles.
- intransitive verb To move or flow with a gurgling sound.
- intransitive verb To rise to the surface.
- intransitive verb To become active or intense enough to come into prominence.
- intransitive verb To display irrepressible activity or emotion.
- adjective Capable of being categorized in one class or another; borderline.
- idiom (on the bubble) On the brink of a new development or condition, especially in danger of being cut from a sports team.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Snot.
- To shed tears in a sniveling, blubbering, childish way.
- noun A small vesicle of water or other fluid inflated with air or other gas, and floating on the surface of the fluid.
- noun A small globule of air or other gas in or rising through a liquid.
- noun The vesicle of air in the glass spirit-tube of a mechanics' level.
- noun One of the small hollow beads of glass formerly used for testing the strength of spirits by the rate at which they rise after being plunged in them. See
- noun Anything that wants firmness, substance, or permanence; that which is more specious than real; a vain project; a false show; a delusion; a trifle.
- noun An inflated speculation; a delusive commercial project, especially one which is put forward as insuring extraordinary profits; hence, a financial imposition or fraud; a cheating trick: as, the South Sea bubble. See below.
- noun . A person deceived by an empty project; a dupe.
- noun In New England, hash or minced meat.
- To rise in bubbles, as liquors when boiling or agitated; send up bubbles.
- To run with a gurgling noise; gurgle: as, “bubbling fountains,”
- To utter a bubbling or gurgling cry.
- To cause to bubble.
- To cheat; deceive or impose on; hoodwink; bamboozle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas.
- noun A small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body.
- noun A globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent solid.
- noun A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
- noun The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
- noun Anything that wants firmness or solidity; that which is more specious than real; a false show; a cheat or fraud; a delusive scheme; an empty project; a dishonest speculation.
- noun obsolete A person deceived by an empty project; a gull.
- intransitive verb To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles.
- intransitive verb To run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles.
- intransitive verb To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
spherically contained volumeof air, especially one made from soapyliquid.
- noun A small spherical
cavityin a solid material.
- noun Anything resembling a
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
_Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble_, came from the basin as the boy thrust in his face.
Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn 1870
When Obama sells 10 tons to lower the national debt those stuck holding gold will know what the term bubble means.
But This Might Be Misguided After being buffeted by the dot-com, housing and credit bubbles -- not to mention the Chinese stock-market bubble -- there is a readiness by people on Wall Street and elsewhere to ascribe the term bubble to all sorts of things.
In a word bubble above “Ali,” the artist Ali printed in crude block letters with eccentric punctuation, “He, was not the champ, he was a tramp.”
Sound and Fury Dave Kindred 2006
Try combining the word bubble sticker with the text tool for a comic effect.
Wired Top Stories How-To Wiki 2011
The Spurs for the title bubble did not stay long inflated.
A word bubble appears with the Chinese character for the sigh (哎), virtually the same as Ai's surname (艾).
NYT > Home Page By BROOK LARMER 2011
Of tequila, maraschino, Absinthe and Punt y Mes, the online menu features a scribble of a word bubble that speaks: "Come, sit down, let me cure you by getting you buzzed ...."
The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com The Huffington Post News Editors 2011
She also posted a photo of herself and her pit bull named Freedom with a word bubble describing the ad.
"After the housing bubble, people are a little too quick to assign the word bubble these days," says Colvin, whose two funds and separately managed accounts hold 2,300 acres of farmland in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota valued at more than $10 million.
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