Murmur vs Bubble - What's the difference?

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Murmur is a related term of bubble.

As nouns the difference between murmur and bubble

is that murmur is (countable) low or indistinct sounds or speech while bubble is a spherically contained volume of air or other gas, especially one made from soapy liquid.

As verbs the difference between murmur and bubble

is that murmur is while bubble is to produce bubbles, to rise up in bubbles (such in foods cooking).




(en noun)
  • (countable) Low or indistinct sounds or speech.
  • * 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) , chapter V:
  • In the prison of the 'tween decks reigned a darkness pregnant with murmurs . The sentry at the entrance to the hatchway was supposed to "prevent the prisoners from making a noise," but he put a very liberal interpretation upon the clause, and so long as the prisoners refrained from shouting, yelling, and fighting--eccentricities in which they sometimes indulged--he did not disturb them.
    A murmur arose from the audience.
  • * 1960 , , (Jeeves in the Offing) , chapter XI:
  • The moment had come for the honeyed word. I lowered my voice to a confidential murmur , but on her inquiring if I had laryngitis raised it again.
  • (medicine) The sound made by any condition which produces noisy, or turbulent, flow of blood through the heart.
  • A muttered complaint or protest; the expression of dissatisfaction in a low muttering voice; any expression of complaint or discontent
  • * 1919 , :
  • In fear of disease and in the interest of his health man will be muzzled and masked like a vicious dog, and that without any murmur of complaint.
  • * 1960 , , (Jeeves in the Offing) , chapter XX:
  • Glossop will return from his afternoon off to find the awful majesty of the Law waiting for him, complete with handcuffs. We can hardly expect him to accept an exemplary sentence without a murmur , so his first move will be to establish his innocence by revealing all.


    (en verb)
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , (w) VI:
  • The iewes murmured att itt, because he sayde: I am thatt breed which is come doune from heven.
  • (label) To speak or make low, indistinguishable noise; to mumble, mutter.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=7, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=“Oh yes,” he murmured in a tone of obligatory surprise, as he proceeded to make the kind of 2 which he attributed to Margaret's style of chirography.}}
  • (label) To say (something) indistinctly, to mutter.
  • * (William Shakespeare), 1 , II. 3.51
  • Iheard thee murmur tales of iron wars.

    Derived terms

    * murmuration * murmurer * murmuring * murmurless * murmurous


    * See aslo



    (wikipedia bubble)


    (en noun)
  • A spherically contained volume of air or other gas, especially one made from soapy liquid.
  • A small spherical cavity in a solid material.
  • bubbles in window glass, or in a lens
  • Anything resembling a hollow sphere.
  • (economics) A period of intense speculation in a market, causing prices to rise quickly to irrational levels as the metaphorical bubble expands, and then fall even more quickly as the bubble bursts (eg the ).
  • (obsolete) Someone who has been ‘bubbled’ or fooled; a dupe.
  • * Prior
  • Granny's a cheat, and I'm a bubble .
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1979, p. 15:
  • For no woman, sure, will plead the passion of love for an excuse. This would be to own herself the mere tool and bubble of the man.
  • (figurative) The emotional and/or physical atmosphere in which the subject is immersed; circumstances, ambience.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=June 3 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992) citation , page= , passage=He’s wrapped up snugly in a cozy bubble of self-regard, talking for his own sake more than anyone else’s.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=January 23 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Blackburn 2 - 0 West Brom , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Thomas, so often West Brom's most positive attacker down their left side and up against Salgado, twice almost burst the bubble of excitement around the ground but he had two efforts superbly saved by Robinson.}}
  • (Cockney rhyming slang) a Greek (also: bubble and squeak)
  • A small, hollow, floating bead or globe, formerly used for testing the strength of spirits.
  • The globule of air in the spirit tube of a level.
  • Anything lacking firmness or solidity; a cheat or fraud; an empty project.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Then a soldier / Seeking the bubble reputation / Even in the cannon's mouth.
  • (Cockney rhyming slang) A laugh. (also: bubble bath)
  • Are you having a bubble ?!


    * (a laugh) giraffe, bubble bath


  • To produce bubbles, to rise up in bubbles (such in foods cooking).
  • (archaic) To cheat, delude.
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 443:
  • No, no, friend, I shall never be bubbled out of my religion in hopes only of keeping my place under another government
  • * Addison
  • She has bubbled him out of his youth.
  • * Sterne
  • The great Locke, who was seldom outwitted by false sounds, was nevertheless bubbled here.
  • (intransitive, Scotland, and, Northern England) To cry, weep.
  • Derived terms

    * bubble over * bubble up