Meaning of BUBBLE in English


I. bub ‧ ble 1 /ˈbʌb ə l/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Origin: Probably from the sound of bubbles in liquid ]

1 . a ball of air or gas in liquid:

When water boils, bubbles rise to the surface.

soap bubbles

She was blowing bubbles in her milk with a straw.

2 . a small amount of air trapped in a solid substance:

Examine the glass carefully for bubbles.

3 . a bubble of something literary a small amount of a feeling:

A bubble of anger rose in Pol’s throat.

4 . ( also speech bubble ) a circle around the words said by someone in a ↑ cartoon

5 . the bubble bursts used for saying that a very successful or happy period of time suddenly ends:

The bubble has finally burst in the mobile phone industry.

6 . burst/prick sb’s bubble to make someone suddenly realize that something is not as good as they thought it was

II. bubble 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

1 . to produce bubbles:

Heat the cheese until it bubbles.

bubble up

The cola bubbled up when I unscrewed the lid.

2 . to make the sound that water makes when it boils

bubble away

The water was bubbling away on the stove.

3 . ( also bubble over ) to be excited

bubble with

Mary was bubbling over with excitement.

4 . ( also bubble away/up ) if a feeling or activity bubbles, it continues to exist:

Resentment was still bubbling inside her.

Speculation that he plans to resign has been bubbling away for months.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.