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BUBBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bubble mean? 

BUBBLE (noun)
  The noun BUBBLE has 4 senses:

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
3. an impracticable and illusory idea
4. a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic

  Familiarity information: BUBBLE used as a noun is uncommon.


BUBBLE (verb)
  The verb BUBBLE has 3 senses:

1. form, produce, or emit bubbles
2. flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise
3. expel gas from the stomach

  Familiarity information: BUBBLE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUBBLE (noun)


Sense 1bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("bubble" is a kind of...):

globule (a small globe or ball)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bubble"):

air bubble (a bubble of air)

foam; froth (a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid)

soap bubble (a bubble formed by a thin soap film)


Sense 2bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

house of cards; bubble

Context examples:

his proposal was nothing but a house of cards / a real estate bubble

Hypernyms ("bubble" is a kind of...):

scheme; strategy (an elaborate and systematic plan of action)


Sense 3bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An impracticable and illusory idea

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

he didn't want to burst the newcomer's bubble

Hypernyms ("bubble" is a kind of...):

fancy; fantasy; illusion; phantasy (something many people believe that is false)


Sense 4bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("bubble" is a kind of...):

covering (an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it))


BUBBLE (verb)


Sense 1bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form, produce, or emit bubbles

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The soup was bubbling

Hypernyms (to "bubble" is one way to...):

breathe; emit; pass off (expel (gases or odors))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bubble"):

effervesce; fizz; foam; froth; sparkle (form bubbles)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Also:

bubble over (overflow with a certain feeling)


Sense 2bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

burble; guggle; gurgle; bubble; ripple; babble

Context example:

babbling brooks

Hypernyms (to "bubble" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3bubble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expel gas from the stomach

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

belch; burp; eruct; bubble

Context example:

In China it is polite to burp at the table

Hypernyms (to "bubble" is one way to...):

breathe; emit; pass off (expel (gases or odors))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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