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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
foam
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
white
▪ Dawn came slowly, uncertainly, with first, the white foam on the huge breaking waves becoming more noticeable.
▪ Salt water, beaten into a white sea foam, collides into the granite with each swell.
▪ The shallows lashed themselves to white foam over the limestone boulders of the valley floor.
▪ Hardly had this disappeared, when a lowering mass of white foam was seen rapidly approaching the vessel.
▪ Perhaps swollen by rain, the river rushed into the sea in a torrent of white foam and spray.
▪ The day was full of hard sunlight, meager clouds looking like white foam just beginning to evaporate.
▪ Then he recognised the darker mass of the dinghy against the white foam.
▪ Large waves, taking form; the white foam crests are more extensive everywhere.
■ NOUN
mattress
▪ Spring and foam mattresses are a fairly new innovation, arguably combining the best of both worlds.
▪ A foam mattress supports the body with foam.
▪ A foam mattress was still saturated and a bottle of Johnson's Baby Sun Block was unreadable because of the blood.
▪ She remembered the two men kneeling beside the chef and heaving him on to the foam mattress.
▪ Inside the room, on a floor of crooked planks, was a foam mattress and a television.
rubber
▪ Brassieres upholstered with foam rubber were produced as beauty aids even for the well-endowed and even for prepubescent girls.
▪ We just argued about it loudly and wore the T-shirts and big foam rubber fingers.
▪ Beneath a layer of foam rubber there was a dark brown carpet of coffee beans.
▪ They just ate the foam rubber mattress cover.
▪ Doreen's hair was a wig and the bosoms were foam rubber.
▪ Standing it on a block of foam rubber, filter matting, or a piece of polystyrene tile can also prove effective.
▪ Her legs felt like foam rubber.
▪ The foam rubber squeaked beneath her weight.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
foam packing material
▪ a dirty foam mattress
▪ The fire extinguisher uses a chemical foam rather than water.
▪ White foam from the top of the waves left lines on the beach.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And I'd kiss her sniggers away; shaving foam on her face, in her hair.
▪ The grypesh swam out after them, and there were battles fought there in a welter of blood and foam.
▪ There are still thousands of pieces of furniture in the second hand market containing the old-style foam.
▪ Uses Clinique cosmetics and Ortho contraceptive foam.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
mouth
▪ She says he was shaking and foaming at the mouth - she was terrified.
▪ Stop foaming at the mouth, Buchholz, they would say.
▪ Their heads thrash about on the bloodied floor, gnashing their teeth and foaming at the mouth.
▪ They just chewed it up and spit it out, foaming rubber at the mouth.
▪ Rain swilled and foamed in its open mouth as it looked at the churning black clouds and the eruptions of fractured lightning.
▪ Exit char, foaming at the mouth.
▪ By then his friend was sweating, breathing rapidly and foaming at the mouth, and finally had a fit.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Beat the cream until it foams.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A big, foaming glass of... sulfur.
▪ Below, the water foamed and whispered.
▪ It was past splashing and foaming.
▪ The combustion melts the pumice, the hot gases foam it up, and the hot foam fills the mould in seconds.
▪ The violent foaming seas mesmerized them all.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Foam

Foam \Foam\ (f[=o]m), n. [OE. fam, fom, AS. f[=a]m; akin to OHG. & G. feim.] The white substance, consisting of an aggregation of bubbles, which is formed on the surface of liquids, or in the mouth of an animal, by violent agitation or fermentation; froth; spume; scum; as, the foam of the sea.

Foam cock, in steam boilers, a cock at the water level, to blow off impurities.

Foam

Foam \Foam\ (f[=o]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Foamed (f[=o]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Foaming.] [AS. f[=ae]man. See Foam, n.]

  1. To gather foam; to froth; as, the billows foam.

    He foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth.
    --Mark ix. 18.

  2. To form foam, or become filled with foam; -- said of a steam boiler when the water is unduly agitated and frothy, as because of chemical action.

Foam

Foam \Foam\ (f[=o]m), v. t. To cause to foam; as, to foam the goblet; also (with out), to throw out with rage or violence, as foam. ``Foaming out their own shame.''
--Jude 13.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
foam

Middle English fom, fome (c.1300), from Old English fam "foam, saliva froth; sea," from West Germanic *faimo- (cognates: Old High German veim, German Feim), from PIE root *(s)poi-mo- "foam, froth" (cognates: Sanskrit phenah; Latin pumex "pumice," spuma "foam;" Old Church Slavonic pena "foam;" Lithuanian spaine "a streak of foam"). The plastic variety used in packaging, etc., so called from 1937.

foam

Old English famgian "to emit foam, to boil," from the source of foam (n.). Sense of "become foamy, to froth" is from late 14c. Transitive sense is from 1725. Related: Foamed; foaming.

Wiktionary
foam

n. A substance composed of a large collection of bubbles or their solidified remains. vb. (lb en intransitive) To form or emit foam.

WordNet
foam
  1. n. a mass of small bubbles formed in or on a liquid [syn: froth]

  2. a lightweight material in cellular form; made by introducing gas bubbles during manufacture

foam

v. form bubbles; "The boiling soup was frothing"; "The river was foaming"; "Sparkling water" [syn: froth, fizz, effervesce, sparkle]

Wikipedia
Foam

A foam is a substance that is formed by trapping pockets of gas in a liquid or solid. A bath sponge and the head on a glass of beer are examples of foams. In most foams, the volume of gas is large, with thin films of liquid or solid separating the regions of gas.

An important division of solid foams is into closed-cell foams and open-cell foams. In a closed-cell foam, the gas forms discrete pockets, each completely surrounded by the solid material. In an open-cell foam, the gas pockets connect with each other. A bath sponge is an example of an open-cell foam: water can easily flow through the entire structure, displacing the air. A camping mat is an example of a closed-cell foam: the gas pockets are sealed from each other so the mat cannot soak up water.

Foams are examples of dispersed media. In general, gas is present in large amount so it will be divided into gas bubbles of many different sizes (the material is polydisperse) separated by liquid regions which may form films, thinner and thinner when the liquid phase is drained out of the system films. When the principal scale is small, i.e. for a very fine foam, this dispersed medium can be considered as a type of colloid.

The term foam may also refer to anything that is analogous to such a foam, such as quantum foam, polyurethane foam ( foam rubber), XPS foam, polystyrene, phenolic, or many other manufactured foams.

Foam (culinary)

The use of foam in cuisine has been used in many forms in the history of cooking. For example, whipped cream, meringue, and mousse are all foams. In these cases, the incorporation of air or another gas creates a lighter texture and/or different mouth feel. More recently, foams have become a part of molecular gastronomy technique. In these cases, natural flavors (such as fruit juices, infusions of aromatic herbs, etc.) are mixed with a neutrally-flavored gelling or stabilizing agent such as agar or lecithin, and either whipped with a hand-held immersion blender or extruded through a whipped cream canister equipped with nitrous oxide cartridges. Such foams add flavor without significant substance, and thus allow cooks to integrate new flavors without changing the physical composition of a dish. Some famous food-foams are foamed espresso, foamed mushroom, foamed beet and foamed coconut. An espuma or thermo whip is commonly used to make these foams through the making of a stock, creating a gel and extruding through the nitrous oxide canister.

Foam (organization)

FoAM describes itself as "a network of transdisciplinary labs for speculative culture". The networked, Brussels-based collective constitutes a group of designers, scientists, cooks, artists, engineers and gardeners who share an interest in taking knowledge from their respective areas of expertise and applying it in new public contexts. Guided by the motto "Grow your own worlds," the practice of this multidisciplinary research group aims at integrating principles of ethical living, sustainable design and eco-technology. FoAM's overall mission is shaped by its various participating artists and technologists, who have sensed a need for mediation between the artistic and the scientific worlds.

FoAM was founded by Maja Kuzmanovic in 2000 as a cultural research department in Starlab. In 2001, FoAM became an independent, distributed entity with cells in Brussels and Amsterdam. Since that time, the core group of this de facto new-media think tank has included members from Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Croatia, Lithuania, the UK, and Sweden; its larger network has attracted people from around the world.

Since 2004 FoAM has positioned itself as the only Flemish "Hybrid Reality Lab," with a primary focus on the field of hybrid reality (technologies, media and materials entangling the physical and the digital).

Foam (disambiguation)

Foam may refer to:

  • Foam, a substance that is formed by trapping gas bubbles in a liquid or solid.
  • Foam (culinary), a modern food preparation and presentation technique
  • Foam (organization), known as FoAM, an art and technology organization
  • Foam hand, a sports paraphernalia item
  • Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, known as FOAM, a photography museum in Amsterdam
  • OpenFOAM, an open source finite volume pde solver used in a variety of computational fluid dynamics applications
  • , a United States Navy trawler and minesweeper in commission from 1918 to 1919

  • First Office Action on the Merits, a form of Office action in United States patent law
  • Flag officer#United Kingdom Attached Middle East, a former major command of the Royal Navy

Usage examples of "foam".

Finally, the deck aft vanished in the wake, which slowly calmed from its violent white foam to a light blue.

Lennox looked aft and saw that the foam was no longer boiling up around the screw.

The deck of the ship began to tremble as the water aft of the rudder erupted into foam and the screw began to spin at maximum RPM.

There is also some evidence that the presence of albumoses assists in producing the foaming properties of beer.

Thence snowy Altels and the giant Blumlisalp flashed it south along the crowding peaks and down among the Italian chestnut woods, who next sent it coursing over the rustling waves of the Adriatic and mixed it everywhere with the Mediterranean foam.

They writhed and twisted and foamed, broke open in sores as the bacteria destroyed the binding structure of the amorphous tissue.

Behind them, the full squadron of amphibious planes dove into the water, vanishing beneath the surface, leaving only a scar of churned foam to mark where they had entered the sea.

And he the wind-whipped, anywhither wave Crazily tumbled on a shingle-grave To waste in foam.

The waves rebounded in dazzling foam, the beach entirely disapppearing under the raging flood, and the cliff appearing to emerge from the sea itself, the spray rising to a height of more than a hundred feet.

He saw that he was on the highest point of the island,a statue on this vast pedestal of granite, nothing human appearing in sight, while the blue ocean beat against the base of the island, and covered it with a fringe of foam.

At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam.

He then noticed Arabin, and grinding his teeth at him, absolutely foamed at the mouth in impotent passion.

She scavenged four atropine autoinjectors out of four kits and put the empty foam cases and the leftover 2-PAM injectors in the Aerie.

It came shooting through the foam just like a beaching canoe and as it dragged itself up the sand a sound like the far off roar of a lion came echoing along the cliffs.

Soon Kent was visible, three leagues or so, and the Biter was leaning to a good north-easterly and throwing foam.