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soap bubble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soap bubble a bubble formed by a thin soap film
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been mixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since
    • Soap bubble a hollow iridescent globe, formed by blowing a film of soap suds from a pipe; figuratively, something attractive, but extremely unsubstantial.
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Usage

In literature:

It is but an imprisoned soap-bubble, and is apt to crumble.
"A Truthful Woman in Southern California" by Kate Sanborn
Ah, my little dears, with your straws and soap-suds you will never blow a bubble like that!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864" by Various
Will you come and visit me, Therese, when I'm comfortably established in my soap bubble?
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
You'll go pop like a soap bubble one of these days.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
Faster and more violently than ever did that powerful tail thresh the water, until the foam seemed like soap bubbles.
"Chums in Dixie" by St. George Rathborne
You have all seen the rainbow of colors on a soap-bubble?
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Then, just as when a child blows soap bubbles through a tube, the light became globular.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
I place upon my hand a soap bubble filled with the mixture of both gases.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
He should as soon think of crystallizing soap-bubbles.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
Equally "free from care," and happy in this privilege, is the boy, seated on a box, blowing soap-bubbles.
"Child-life in Art" by Estelle M. Hurll
They grew into a great soap bubble that turned to topaz.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Apparatus for blowing Soap bubbles.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
With outspread wings he sank slowly, as a soap bubble sinks in the still air, till he touched the water.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
It is light and pretty, and made out of almost nothing, like soap, bubbles.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
The French conquests have always been brilliant, but it was the brilliancy of a soap-bubble.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
What are the joys of those vices for which men sell their souls, but soap-bubbles!
"The Prodigal Returns" by Lilian Staveley
I feel as if this were a soap-bubble castle, as if we were deliberately playing a wrong game all round.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
They had no soap, so they had no soap bubbles.
"The Four-Faced Visitors of Ezekiel" by Arthur W. Orton
It is not alone the ponderous things which should move our imaginations; even a soap-bubble is a wonderful phenomenon.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
A soap-bubble of common air floats on it like wood on water.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
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In poetry:

The first balloons I sought to sail,
Soap-bubbles fair, but all too frail,
Or kites,--but thereby hangs a tail.
Avitor!
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
There's something fascinating on life's dark and sombre side,
When the worn and travel-weary seek for rest at even tide;
In the shadows where the fallen come to muse on faded hope,
Expectancies that vanished like to bubbles blown from soap.
"The Shady Side" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Four mathematicians have announced a mathematical proof of the Double Bubble Conjecture : that the familiar double soap bubble on the right in Figure 1 is the optimal shape for enclosing and separating two chambers of air.
The chandelier Essen created for The Importance of Being Earnest at the Tipping Point Theatre glowed—and released soap bubbles with the help of a bubble machine (photo Howard and Charlotte Meyer).
The geometry of soap films and soap bubbles.
Open problems in soap bubble geometry .
Soap bubble screen is 'the world's thinnest display'.
Soap bubble screen is 'the world's thinnest display'.
Spigots spew pre-soak and bubbling soap.
Huckle and his team solve the mystery by finding out bubble bath soap was pumped into the gas station tank by mistake.
Summer John, 5, blows soap bubbles as her mom, Edwina, registers her for kindergarten at Harborview Elementary School on Thursday.
Dancing all night long, pace, kissing and soap bubbles.
Record Soap Bubble Holds 181 people.
It's almost as if someone poured soap into the waterfall and the bubbles froze that way.
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In science:

The spheres might be cells, or particles, or soap bubbles floating on the surface of a liquid (2-dimensional motion) or in the air (3-dimensional motion).
Brownian Dynamics of Globules
Consider the way in which soap bubbles arise from a statistical physics model of molecular forces.
Event-Symmetric Physics
Events in the soap bubble model correspond to molecules rather than space-time points.
Event-Symmetric Physics
As noted in [47, 46, 48, 77] directed percolation, studies of the growth of soap bubbles and other nonequilibrium critical phenomena offer models which may be interpreted as dynamical causal structures.
Towards a background independent approach to M theory
Examples of P-manifolds include finite graphs and soap bubble clusters.
Rigidity of hyperbolic P-manifolds: a survey
Plateau problem, named after the blind Belgian physicist who originated the systhematic study of complicated configurations of soap bubbles, is one of the most long-standing and poorly understood problems in modern mathematics, despite enormous attention and effort.
Alday-Maldacena duality and AdS Plateau problem
The assumptions used to derive the inequality are very restrictive, and as e.g. pointed out by Guven and ´O Murchhada neither of them hold in a simple soap bubble and they do not approximate any known topologically stable field configuration.
Report on GRG18, Session A3, Mathematical Studies of the Field Equations
On the experimental side, the persistence exponent has been measured in systems with breath figures, soap bubbles and twisted nematic liquid crystal exhibiting planar Glauber dynamics .
Persistence in Nonequilibrium Systems
Taylor, The structure of singularities in soap-bubble-like and soap-film-like minimal surfaces, Ann.
Conelike soap films spanning tetrahedra
Isenberg, The science of soap films and soap bubbles, Dover Publications, N.Y., USA (1992).
Perturbative stability of catenoidal soap films
This situation resembles the “soap bubble” with the boundary fixed.
Dual Higgs Theory for Color Confinement in Quantum Chromodynamics
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