Definition of burble in English:


Line breaks: bur¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːb(ə)l


  • 2 (often as noun burbling) Aeronautics (Of an airflow) break up into turbulence.
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    • At greater than approximately 110-120 kias (altitude 1200-3500ft) there is significant buffeting or burbling of airflow felt in the airframe.
    • Just before a wing stalls, the airflow "burbles," or becomes turbulent over the upper surface of the wing.
    • The airflow over the tail was burbling and that is when I lost control.


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  • 1Continuous murmuring noise: the steady burble of running water
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    • As she crests the ridge, high above the water, she catches the first white-noise burble.
    • The engine kicks into life - but not so much with a deep-throated roar as a pleasing, tinny burble.
    • Gensets with integral sound shields can be very quiet, especially when fitted with exhaust systems that separate cooling water from the exhaust gas, avoiding the annoying burble/splash of the conventional exhaust system.
  • 1.1Rambling speech: an hour of boring burble
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    • Chattering, always chattering with the indecipherable burble of an audience.
    • So much babble and burble is spoken about the internet and cyber-space that I almost recoil from it but the web conforms entirely to the free market idea of an end-independent spontaneous order.
    • So… you need a Famous Writer, or at a pinch, a Famous Reviewer (which is all too often an oxymoron) to produce the necessary burble for the blurb.



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  • Experience these burblers and their caboose companions before the last curtain call.
  • Chicago is filled with fountains, from small burblers in neighborhoods to soaring plumes of wind-driven water.
  • Having dealt with Sir Elton rather charitably, Mr Rosen moves on to that mighty burbler of the previous generation, John Lennon.


Middle English (in the sense 'to bubble'): imitative. Current senses date from the late 19th century.

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