American English

Definition of bubble noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a ball of air or gas in a liquid, or a ball of air inside a solid substance such as glass champagne bubbles a bubble of oxygen blowing bubbles into water through a straw see also speech bubble
  2. 2a round ball of liquid, containing air, produced by soap and water The children like to have bubbles in their bath.
  3. 3a small amount of a feeling that someone wants to express a bubble of laughter/hope/enthusiasm
  4. 4a good or lucky situation that is unlikely to last long At the time, the telecoms bubble was at its height.
  5. Idioms
    the bubble bursts
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    there is a sudden end to a good or lucky situation When the bubble finally burst, hundreds of people lost their jobs. The optimistic bubble has now burst and economists agree the recession will continue.
    burst somebody's bubble
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    to bring an end to someone's hopes, happiness, etc. He seemed so happy—I couldn't burst his bubble so soon.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bubble