bubble

bub|ble1 [ˈbʌbəl] n
[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 sth
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
bubble 2
bubble2 v
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.) [i]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 has been bubbling away for months that he plans to resign.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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