Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To hit lightly and quickly; tap.
  • transitive v. To cause to move up and down: bobbed my head in response to the question.
  • intransitive v. To move up and down: a cork bobbing on the water.
  • intransitive v. To grab at floating or hanging objects with the teeth: bobbed for apples.
  • intransitive v. To curtsy or bow.
  • n. A tap or light blow.
  • n. A quick, jerky movement of the head or body.
  • bob up To appear or arise unexpectedly or suddenly.
  • n. A small, knoblike pendent object, such as a plumb bob.
  • n. A fishing float or cork.
  • n. A small lock or curl of hair.
  • n. A woman's or child's short haircut.
  • n. Informal Surgical shortening or reshaping of the nose.
  • n. The docked tail of a horse.
  • n. A bobsled.
  • n. A bob skate.
  • intransitive v. To fish with a bob.
  • transitive v. To cut short or reshape: bobbed her hair; had his nose bobbed.
  • n. Chiefly British A shilling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move gently and vertically, in either a single motion or repeatedly up and down, at or near the surface of a body of water.
  • v. To move (something) as though it were bobbing in water.
  • v. To curtsy.
  • n. A bobbing motion.
  • n. A bobber.
  • n. A curtsy.
  • n. A bob haircut.
  • n. Any round object attached loosely to a flexible line, a rod, a body part etc., so that it may swing when hanging from it
  • n. The dangling mass of a pendulum or plumb line.
  • n. The docked tail of a horse.
  • n. A short line ending a stanza of a poem.
  • n. The short runner of a sled.
  • v. To cut (hair) into a bob haircut.
  • v. To shorten by cutting; to dock; to crop
  • v. Short form of bobsleigh
  • n. A shilling.
  • n. A 10-cent coin.
  • n. An unspecified amount of money.
  • n. Abbreviation of shishkabob.
  • n. A graphical element, resembling a hardware sprite, that can be blitted around the screen in large numbers.

Etymologies

Middle English bobben, to move up and down, probably ultimately of imitative origin.
Middle English bobbe, cluster of fruit.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
blitter object (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She kept refering to me as “Hacker Bob” So, in the spirit of fun I started with roberthacker bob then just hacker bob.

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  • Example: test1. txt includes: john sam bob henry test2. txt includes: jason mike bob jack remove. txt includes "bob" so when it finds the word bob in both files and remove and save the file.

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  • I mean surely no one thinks a law that fined churches whose beliefs included specific support for electing certain people (“crazy cult leader bob is the son of god and it is his divine destiny to be elected president and your duty is to support him” might be a dumb belief but surely deserving of 1st ammendment protection).

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  • Count ol 'Del in with Clay on the 25-06, the 25 bob is another good round but ammo would be hard to find.

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  • February 10th, 2009 at 12: 22 am no, adam, bob is not “right.” he is defending the indefensible.

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  • Ryan on Jul 27, 2008 bob is the man, get him for next year comic-con.

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  • REAL6 on Aug 12, 2008 what an injustice this would be if billy bob is cast as freddy. englund is freddy and NO ONE could EVER fill his shoes! it would have to be a nobody if this was to even have a chance at making any money or get die hard nightmare fans to go and sewe this one. bad bad bad idea. thejugfather on Aug 12, 2008

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  • Early effort to work out the precise proportional relationship between length and heaviness of bang and length and degree of layering in bob, while taking into consideration variations on colour (experimenting with taking strawberry blonde into the deeper, more burnished reds) and angle of cut (angle forward along chin line).

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  • The momentarily hot or fun celebs become fashion and lifestyle leaders, pushing trends (the Victoria Beckham bob is all the rage), but even this perch is tenuous.

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    February 28, 2014

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    November 30, 2011

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    December 29, 2009

  • Three bob I lent him in Meagher's.
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