Bubble - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbʌbl|  American pronunciation of the word bubble
Brit.  |ˈbʌb(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word bubble


- a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
- a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control
- an impracticable and illusory idea
- a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic


- form, produce, or emit bubbles
- flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise (syn: babble, burble, guggle, gurgle, ripple)
- rise in bubbles or as if in bubbles
- cause to form bubbles
- expel gas from the stomach (syn: belch, burp, eruct)


They saw air bubbles in the water.

There were bubbles in the ice.

The Internet stock bubble finally burst.

...the soapy water bubbled down the drain...

He was bubbling with good humour.

When water boils, bubbles rise to the surface.

She was blowing bubbles in her milk with a straw.

Examine the glass carefully for bubbles.

Heat the cheese until it bubbles.

The cola bubbled up when I unscrewed the lid.

The water was bubbling away on the stove.

Mary was bubbling over with excitement.

Resentment was still bubbling inside her.

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

Look out! The pan of milk is bubbling over!

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bubble
he/she/it: bubbles
present participle: bubbling
past tense: bubbled
past participle: bubbled
singular: bubble
plural: bubbles
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