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  • proper n. A diminutive of the male given name Robert.
  • proper n. In various fields such as cryptography and physics, a conventional name for the person or system that receives a message from another person or system conventionally known as Alice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything that hangs so as to play loosely, or with a short abrupt motion, as at the end of a string; a pendant.
  • n. A knot of worms, or of rags, on a string, used in angling, as for eels; formerly, a worm suitable for bait.
  • n. A small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float.
  • n. The ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line.
  • n. A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
  • n. A short, jerking motion; act of bobbing.
  • n. A working beam.
  • n. A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig.
  • n. A peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells.
  • n. The refrain of a song.
  • n. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
  • n. A jeer or flout; a sharp jest or taunt; a trick.
  • n. A shilling.
  • intransitive v. To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything.
  • intransitive v. To angle with a bob. See Bob, n., 2 & 3.
  • transitive v. To cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob.
  • transitive v. To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap.
  • transitive v. To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch.
  • transitive v. To mock or delude; to cheat.
  • transitive v. To cut short.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause a short jerky motion of; effect by a short jerking movement: as, “he bobbed his head,”
  • To cut short; dock: often with off: as, to bob or bob off a horse's tail.
  • To act jerkily, or by short quick motions; move or play loosely, in a swaying or vibrating manner: as, to bob against a person; to bob up and down, or back and forth, as a pith-ball or other object, or a person.
  • To make a jerky bow or obeisance.
  • To dance.
  • To angle or fish with a bob, as for eels, or by giving the hook a jerking motion in the water.
  • To strike; beat.
  • To jog; shake; nudge.
  • To mock; deride; insult.
  • To deceive; delude; cheat.
  • To gain by fraud or cheating.
  • To transport (a load, as of logs) on a bob or sled.
  • n. A bunch; a cluster; a nosegay.
  • n. The seed-vessel of flax, hops, etc.
  • n. Any small round object swinging or playing loosely at the end of a cord, line, flexible chain, wire, rod, or the like. Specifically— A little pendant or ornament so attached; an ear-drop.
  • n. The ball or weight at the end of a pendulum, plumbline, and the like.
  • n. The movable weight on the graduated arm of a steelyard.
  • n. A knot of worms, rags, or other lures, fixed to a string, with or without a hook, and used in angling.
  • n. Formerly, a grub or larva of a beetle used for bait.
  • n. A gang of fish-hooks.
  • n. A float or cork for a fish-line.
  • n. A small wheel made entirely of a thick piece of bull-neck or sea-cow leather, perforated for the reception of the spindle, used for polishing the inside of the bowls of spoons and the concave portions of other articles.
  • n. The words repeated at the end of a stanza; the burden of a song.
  • n. A short jerking action or motion: as, a bob of the head.
  • n. In change-ringing, a set of changes which may be rung on 6, 8, 10, or 12 bells.
  • n. A triangular or four-sided frame of iron or wood, vibrating on an axis, by the aid of which the motion of the connecting-rod of an engine is communicated to a pump-rod, the former being usually horizontal, the latter vertical or considerably inclined.
  • n. A dance.
  • n. A particular kind of wig; a bob-wig.
  • n. A shilling. Formerly bobstick.
  • n. An infantry soldier: as, the light bobs: possibly so called because soldiers were enlisted in England with a shilling.
  • n. A seat mounted on short runners, used either for pleasure coasting or for the conveyance of loads over ice or snow; a sled.
  • n. A shake or jog; a blow: as, “pinches, nips, and bobs,” Ascham, The Scholemaster.
  • n. A taunt; a jeer or flout; a trick.
  • n. A louse; any small insect.
  • n. A piece of clay placed beneath a vessel in a kiln. An old English name for bat, 13 .

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

  • v. cut hair in the style of a bob
  • n. a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
  • n. a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
  • n. a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
  • n. a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
  • v. remove or shorten the tail of an animal
  • n. a former monetary unit in Great Britain
  • v. ride a bobsled
  • v. move up and down repeatedly
  • v. make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect
  • n. a short abrupt inclination (as of the head)
  • n. a short or shortened tail of certain animals


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