Definitions

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

  • n. A small drop; a globule.
  • n. A soft thick lump or mass: a glob of mashed potatoes; globs of red mud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A round, shapeless or amorphous lump, as of a semisolid substance.
  • n. A limited pattern matching technique using wildcards, less powerful than a regular expression.
  • v. To stick in globs or lumps.
  • v. To carry out pattern matching using a glob.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a compact mass, especially of a semiliquid or viscous substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See globe, n., 6, and globe, v. t., 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a compact mass

Etymologies

Middle English globbe, large mass, from Latin globus, globular mass.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Lift the glob from the bowl and allow the moisture to drain off.

    Archive 2004-09-01

  • The glob was the same greasy white as the woman's flesh, but covered with silky brown wisps.

    Break No Bones

  • S. O'BRIEN: It looks like one of those games where they put pieces of different animals together and they just kind of glob it together and there it is.

    CNN Transcript Apr 5, 2006

  • "A key one is particle size: the smaller the particle size the less mass of sulphur is needed, but if the particles are too small they can 'glob' together and fall out of the stratosphere quicker."

    Environment news, comment and analysis from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk

  • Then you'll understand behavior of micro-segments of your website visitors, which in turn will lead you to actionable insights because you are not focusing on a "glob" rather you are focused on a "specific".

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • I got a wish list from Nana who has told me repeatedly to check your "glob" :) ) and after a trip to Trader Joe's with Caroline, food assistance is on the way.

    Attaya, Watermelon, and Dysentery

  • Though R2-D2's bi-pedaled counterpart C-3PO called him an "overweight glob of grease," I wouldn't change a thing about him.

    MIND MELD: What Are The Coolest Robots in Science Fiction?

  • Do you just knit a glob of yarn and throw it away?

    A Stitch Before Dying

  • That glob of flesh and bones who called himself my husband and your father is gone.

    Family Storms

  • That half-hour lull before the pub closed, Captin and Ruby enjoyed the easy quiet and didnĀ’t talk much while they worked: he checked the range and flicked a glob of batter in to test the fat; she scoured the counter and put out fresh greaseproof squares beside the paper, ready to wrap chips, then Captin wiped the counter down again.

    Excerpt: Ruby's Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni

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