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Dictionary Definition



1 a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
2 a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control; "his proposal was nothing but a house of cards"; "a real estate bubble" [syn: house of cards]
3 an impracticable and illusory idea; "he didn't want to burst the newcomer's bubble"
4 a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic


1 form, produce, or emit bubbles; "The soup was bubbling"
2 flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise; "babbling brooks" [syn: ripple, babble, guggle, burble, gurgle]
3 expel gas from the stomach; "In China it is polite to burp at the table" [syn: burp, belch, eruct]

User Contributed Dictionary



Partly imitative, also influenced by burble.



  1. A spherically contained volume of air, especially one made from soapy liquid.
  2. A small spherical cavity in a solid material.
  3. Anything resembling a hollow sphere.
  4. 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.


spherically contained volume of air
  • Czech: bublina
  • Finnish: kupla
  • French: bulle
  • German: Blase
  • Hebrew: בועה
  • Hungarian: buborék
  • Kurdish: بڵق
  • Latin: bulla
  • Portuguese: bolha
  • Russian:
  • Spanish: burbuja, pompa qualifier soap bubble
  • Swedish: bubbla, såpbubblor qualifier soap bubble
  • Telugu: బుడగ
small spherical cavity in a solid
  • Finnish: kupla
  • French: trou
  • German: Blase
  • Kurdish: بڵق
  • Portuguese: bolha
  • Russian:
  • Telugu: బుడగ
anything resembling a hollow sphere
  • Finnish: kupla
  • German: Blase
  • Kurdish: بڵق
  • Portuguese: bolha
  • Russian: ,
  • Telugu: బుడగ
period of intense speculation in a market
  • Finnish: kupla
  • French: bulle
  • Hebrew: בועה
  • Telugu: బుడగ



to rise up in bubbles
  • Finnish: kuplia, poreilla
  • German: blubbern
  • Hungarian: buborékol, bugyborékol
  • Korean: 부글거리다
  • Kurdish: بڵق کردن, بڵقه‌بڵق کردن
  • Portuguese: borbulhar
  • Spanish: burbujear
  • Swedish: bubbla
to cheat, delude
See: cheat
to cry, weep
See: weep


Extensive Definition

Bubble may refer to:

Traditional bubbles

  • Liquid bubble, a globule of one substance encased in another, usually air in a liquid
    • Soap bubble, a bubble formed by soapy water
    • Antibubble, a droplet of liquid surrounded by a thin film of gas

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People and animals

Other meanings

bubble in German: Bubble
bubble in French: Bubble
bubble in Dutch: Bubble
bubble in Japanese: バブル
bubble in Finnish: Kupla

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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