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parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a usu. whitish mass of small bubbles that forms on the surface of a liquid after agitation, fermentation, or the like; froth.
Foam washed up onto the beach.
froth, spume
similar words:
bubbles, lather, scum, soapsuds, suds
definition 2: frothy sweat on the skin of a horse or other animal, or frothy saliva at the mouth, esp. after vigorous exercise or as a symptom of rabies.
The exhausted horse was covered with foam.When we saw the foam around the wild dog's mouth, we feared rabies and called the police.
froth, lather
similar words:
drool, perspiration, saliva, spit, spittle, sweat
definition 3: a thick, long-lasting froth produced by chemical means, such as shaving cream or certain fire-extinguishing agents.
He smoothed the foam carefully over his face and took up the razor.
similar words:
definition 4: a lightweight, bulky material with many small airholes, used esp. in packaging or as insulation; Styrofoam.
The cups made of foam hold in heat better than the paper cups, but they're not biodegradable.
similar words:
packing, Styrofoam
definition 5: used as a short form of "foam rubber."
I prefer feather pillows to pillows filled with foam.
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: foams, foaming, foamed
definition: to form or produce foam; froth.
The roaring current foamed about the rocks.The dog was foaming at the mouth.
similar words:
lather, mantle
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derivations: foamlike (adj.), foamingly (adv.)