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. [Obs.] “Ganny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble.”
Bub·ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bubbled p. pr. & vb. n. Bubbling ]
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.
3. To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound.
At mine ear
Bubbled the nightingale and heeded not. --Tennyson.
n 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
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
v 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,
3: expel gas from the stomach; "In China it is polite to burp
at the table" [syn: burp, belch, eruct]