American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To hit, throw, or propel in a high arc: lob a beach ball; lob a tennis shot over an opponent's head.
- v. To hit a ball in a high arc.
- v. To move heavily or clumsily.
- n. A ball hit, thrown, or propelled in a high arc.
- n. Slang A clumsy dull person; a lout.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dull, sluggish person; a lout.
- n. The last person in a race.
- n. Something thick and lumpish; a lump.
- n. A thick, soft mixture. See the quotation, and compare loblolly.
- n. A lobworm.
- n. The pollack.
- n. The coalfish.
- n. [⟨ lob, verb] In cricket, a low slow ball.
- n. In lawn-tennis, a play by which one of the contestants knocks the ball over the head of his opponent into the back part of the court.
- n. Lob Lie-by-the-fire—the Lubber-flend, as Milton calls him—is a rough kind of Brownie or House Elf, supposed to haunt some north-country homesteads, where he does the work of the farm-labourers, for no grander wages than “—to earn his cream-bowl duly set.”
- To throw (a lump or ball, etc.); toss gently or with a slow movement; specifically, in lawn-tennis, to strike (the ball) over the head of one's opponent into the back part of the court.
- To kick.
- To be tossed with a slow movement, as a cricket-ball or a shot.
- To hang down; drop or droop.
- To hang wearily or languidly; allow to drop or droop.
- In milling, to break (ore, etc.) into pieces with a hammer for sorting.
- n. a lump
- n. obsolete a country bumpkin, clown
- n. A fish, the European pollock.
- v. To throw or hit a ball into the air in a high arch.
- v. colloquial To throw.
- v. colloquial To put, place
- v. sports To hit, kick, or throw a ball over another player in a game.
- n. A pass or stroke which arches high into the air.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dull, heavy person.
- n. Something thick and heavy.
- v. To let fall heavily or lazily.
- v. to propel (relatively slowly) in a high arcing trajectory.
- v. (Mining) See cob, v. t.
- n. (Zoöl.) The European pollock.
- n. The act of lobbing an (often gentle) stroke which sends a ball up into the air, as in tennis to avoid a player at the net.
- n. an easy return of a tennis ball in a high arc
- n. the act of propelling something (as a ball or shell etc.) in a high arc
- v. propel in a high arc
- Danish lubbe. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English, pollack, lout, probably of Low German origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The chip return, the slice approach shot, the defensive underspin lob, all find their strategic moment.”
“The additional width (eleven inches compared to ten) allows the ball to travel farther along the string bed, but only if a player swings at a steep angle consistent with a topspin lob, not a ground-stroke drive.”
“Hewitt hit a topspin lob, a shot that frequently bails him out of trouble, but Karlovic reached up and slammed it for a winner.”
“A beautiful backhand topspin lob got Capriati within two points of victory, and she wrapped it up with a good deep forehand and then a backhand passing shot.”
“Barely getting to a strong approach shot, Serena lofted a backhand topspin lob that floated over the 2000 French Open winner and landed on a corner.”
“McCloud made a beautiful lob from the right side to Raef”
“He came over our back for a couple of tip-ins and a spin lob and beat us.”
“The smash will kill a lob, yet a lob is the surest defence from a smash.”
“A lob is a high toss of the ball landing between the service-line and the base-line.”
“The chop lob, which is a decided under cut, should rise from 20 to 30 feet, or more, high and must go deep.”
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