Bubble

Definition of Bubble

Bub´ble
n.1.A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap bubble; bubbles on the surface of a river.
Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow,
Like bubbles in a late disturbed stream.
- Shak.
2.A small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body; as, bubbles rising in champagne or aërated waters.
3.A globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent solid; as, bubbles in window glass, or in a lens.
4.A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
5.The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
6.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; as, the South Sea bubble.
Then a soldier . . .
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth.
- Shak.
7.A person deceived by an empty project; a gull.
v. i.1.To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles.
[imp. & p. p. Bubbled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bubbling ( ).]
The milk that bubbled in the pail.
- Tennyson.
2.To run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles; as, a bubbling stream.
3.To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound.
At mine ear
Bubbled the nightingale and heeded not.
- Tennyson.

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