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 for bubble
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bubble \Bub"ble\, n. [Cf. D. bobbel, Dan. boble, Sw. bubbla. Cf.
     Blob, n.]
     1. A thin film of liquid inflated with air or gas; as, a soap
        bubble; bubbles on the surface of a river.
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              Beads of sweat have stood upon thy brow,
              Like bubbles in a late disturbed stream. --Shak.
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     2. A small quantity of air or gas within a liquid body; as,
        bubbles rising in champagne or a["e]rated waters.
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     3. A globule of air, or globular vacuum, in a transparent
        solid; as, bubbles in window glass, or in a lens.
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     4. A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for
        testing the strength of spirits.
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     5. The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
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     6. Anything that wants firmness or solidity; that which is
        more specious than real; a false show; a cheat or fraud; a
        delusive scheme; an empty project; a dishonest
        speculation; as, the South Sea bubble.
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              Then a soldier . . .
              Seeking the bubble reputation
              Even in the cannon's mouth.           --Shak.
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     7. A person deceived by an empty project; a gull. [Obs.]
        "Ganny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble." --Prior.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bubble \Bub"ble\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bubbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Bubbling.] [Cf. D. bobbelen, Dan. boble. See Bubble, n.]
     1. To rise in bubbles, as liquids when boiling or agitated;
        to contain bubbles.
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              The milk that bubbled in the pail.    --Tennyson.
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     2. To run with a gurgling noise, as if forming bubbles; as, a
        bubbling stream. --Pope.
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     3. To sing with a gurgling or warbling sound.
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              At mine ear
              Bubbled the nightingale and heeded not. --Tennyson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bubble
      n 1: a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)
      2: a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that
         the planner cannot control; "his proposal was nothing but a
         house of cards"; "a real estate bubble" [syn: house of
         cards, bubble]
      3: an impracticable and illusory idea; "he didn't want to burst
         the newcomer's bubble"
      4: a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic
      v 1: form, produce, or emit bubbles; "The soup was bubbling"
      2: flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise; "babbling
         brooks" [syn: ripple, babble, guggle, burble,
         bubble, gurgle]
      3: rise in bubbles or as if in bubbles; "bubble to the surface"
      4: cause to form bubbles; "bubble gas through a liquid"
      5: expel gas from the stomach; "In China it is polite to burp at
         the table" [syn: burp, bubble, belch, eruct]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  241 Moby Thesaurus words for "bubble":
     air, air pocket, airy hope, airy nothing, apparition, autism,
     babble, ball, balloon, be enthusiastic, bilge, bladder, blain,
     bleb, blister, blob, blubber, boil, boil over, boll, bolus, boss,
     bow, brainchild, bubble over, bubble up, bubbles, bulb, bulbil,
     bulblet, bulge, bulla, bump, bunch, burble, burl, button, cahot,
     carbonation, carry on over, chaff, chimera, china, chine, chip,
     churn, clump, cobweb, condyle, convex, cork, daydream, deception,
     delirium, deluded belief, delusion, dereism, dowel, down, dream,
     dream vision, dreamland, dreamworld, droplet, dust, ear,
     effervesce, effervescence, eggshell, eidolon, ellipsoid, enthuse,
     ephemera, ephemeral, ephemerid, ephemerides, ephemeris, ether,
     fairy, false belief, fancy, fantasque, fantasy, feather, ferment,
     fiction, figment, fizz, fizzle, flange, flap, flue, fluff, foam,
     froth, fuzz, gall, geoid, glass, glass house, globe, globelet,
     globoid, globule, glomerulus, gnarl, go on over, gob, gobbet,
     golden dream, gossamer, guggle, gurgle, gush, gush over,
     hallucination, handle, hill, hiss, house of cards, hump, hunch,
     ice, idle fancy, ignis fatuus, illusion, imagery, imagination,
     imagining, insubstantial image, invention, jog, joggle, knob, knot,
     knur, knurl, lap, lather, lip, loop, lump, maggot, make much of,
     make-believe, matchwood, mayfly, misbelief, misconception, mist,
     moil, mole, mote, mountain, myth, nevus, nub, nubbin, nubble,
     oblate spheroid, old paper, orb, orbit, orblet, papilloma,
     parchment, peg, pellet, phantasm, phantom, piecrust, pipe,
     pipe dream, plash, plop, prolate spheroid, purl, quixotic ideal,
     rainbow, rave, rave about, rhapsodize, rib, ridge, ring, ripple,
     romance, rondure, seethe, self-deceit, self-deception,
     self-delusion, shadow, shoulder, sick fancy, simmer, slosh, smoke,
     smolder, snows of yesteryear, sparkle, sphere, spheroid, spherule,
     spine, spirit, splash, sponge, spume, stir, straw, stud, style,
     suds, swash, swish, tab, take on over, thick-coming fancies,
     thin air, thistledown, trick, trill, trip, tubercle, tubercule,
     unreal hope, utopia, vapor, verruca, vesicle, vision, wale, wart,
     wash, welt, whim, whimsy, wildest dreams, work, wrong impression
  
  

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