Meaning of BUBBLE in English


I. ˈbə-bəl noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English bobel

Date: 14th century

1. : a small globule typically hollow and light: as

a. : a small body of gas within a liquid

b. : a thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas

c. : a globule in a transparent solid

d. : something (as a plastic or inflatable structure) that is hemispherical or semicylindrical


a. : something that lacks firmness, solidity, or reality

b. : a delusive scheme

3. : a sound like that of bubbling

4. : magnetic bubble

5. : a state of booming economic activity (as in a stock market) that often ends in a sudden collapse

6. : the condition of being at risk of exclusion or replacement (as from a tournament) — usually used in the phrase on the bubble

teams still on the bubble for the play-offs

II. verb

( bub·bled ; bub·bling ˈbə-b(ə-)liŋ)

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb


a. : to form or produce bubbles

b. : to rise in or as if in bubbles — usually used with up

2. : to flow with a gurgling sound

a brook bubbling over rocks


a. : to become lively or effervescent

bubbling with good humor

b. : to speak in a lively and fluent manner

transitive verb

1. : to utter (as words) effervescently

2. : to cause to bubble

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.