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Webster 1913 Edition


Bubble

Bub′ble

,
Noun.
[Cf. D.
bobbel
, Dan.
boble
, Sw.
bubbla
. Cf.
Blob
,
Noun.
]
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.
Shakespeare
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.
Shakespeare
7.
A person deceived by an empty project; a gull.
[Obs.]
“Ganny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble.”
Prior.

Bub′ble

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Bubbled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Bubbling
.]
[Cf. D.
bobbelen
, Dan.
boble
. See
Bubble
,
Noun.
]
1.
To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated; to contain bubbles.
The milk that
bubbled
in the pail.
Tennyson.
2.
To run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles;
as, a
bubbling
stream
.
Pope.
3.
To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound.
At mine ear
Bubbled
the nightingale and heeded not.
Tennyson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Bubble

BUB'BLE

,
Noun.
1.
A small bladder or vesicle of water or other fluid inflated with air.
2.
Any thing that wants firmness or solidity; a vain project; that which is more specious than real. Hence, a false show; a cheat or fraud.
3.
A delusive scheme of speculation; an empty project to raise money or imaginary grounds; as the South Sea bubble.
4.
A person deceived by an empty project.

BUB'BLE

,
Verb.
I.
To rise in bubbles, as liquors when boiling or agitated.
1.
To run with a gurgling noise; as a bubbling stream.

BUB'BLE

,
Verb.
T.
To cheat; to deceive or impose on.

Definition 2021


bubble

bubble

English

A soap bubble.

Noun

bubble (plural bubbles)

  1. A spherically contained volume of air or other gas, especially one made from soapy liquid.
  2. A small spherical cavity in a solid material.
    bubbles in window glass, or in a lens
  3. Anything resembling a hollow sphere.
  4. (economics) A period of intense speculation in a market, causing prices to rise quickly to irrational levels as the metaphorical bubble expands, and then fall even more quickly as the bubble bursts (eg the South Sea Bubble).
  5. (obsolete) Someone who has been ‘bubbled’ or fooled; a dupe.
    • Prior
      Granny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1979, p. 15:
      For no woman, sure, will plead the passion of love for an excuse. This would be to own herself the mere tool and bubble of the man.
  6. (figuratively) The emotional and/or physical atmosphere in which the subject is immersed; circumstances, ambience.
    • 2012 June 3, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)”, in (Please provide the title of the work):
      He’s wrapped up snugly in a cozy bubble of self-regard, talking for his own sake more than anyone else’s.
    • 2011 January 23, Alistair Magowan, “Blackburn 2 - 0 West Brom”, in BBC:
      Thomas, so often West Brom's most positive attacker down their left side and up against Salgado, twice almost burst the bubble of excitement around the ground but he had two efforts superbly saved by Robinson.
  7. (Cockney rhyming slang) a Greek (also: bubble and squeak)
  8. A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
  9. The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
  10. Anything lacking firmness or solidity; a cheat or fraud; an empty project.
    • Shakespeare
      Then a soldier [] / Seeking the bubble reputation / Even in the cannon's mouth.
  11. (Cockney rhyming slang) A laugh. (also: bubble bath)
    Are you having a bubble?!
  12. (computing) Any of the small magnetized areas that make up bubble memory.
  13. (poker) The point in a poker tournament when the last player without a prize loses all their chips and leaves the game, leaving only players that are going to win prizes. (e.g., if the last remaining 9 players win prizes, then the point when the 10th player leaves the tournament)
    Many players tend to play timidly (not play many hands) around the bubble, to keep their chips and last longer in the game.

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Verb

bubble (third-person singular simple present bubbles, present participle bubbling, simple past and past participle bubbled)

  1. (intransitive) To produce bubbles, to rise up in bubbles (such as in foods cooking or liquids boiling).
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To churn or foment, as if wishing to rise to the surface.
    Rage bubbled inside him.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To cheat, delude.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 443:
      No, no, friend, I shall never be bubbled out of my religion in hopes only of keeping my place under another government []
    • Addison
      She has bubbled him out of his youth.
    • Sterne
      The great Locke, who was seldom outwitted by false sounds, was nevertheless bubbled here.
  4. (intransitive, Scotland and Northern England) To cry, weep.

Quotations

  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:bubble.

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References

  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin,
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165