bob

Definitions

  • Bob Jordan
    Bob Jordan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bob cut hair in the style of a bob "Bernice bobs her hair these days!"
    • v bob make a curtsy; usually done only by girls and women; as a sign of respect "She curtsied when she shook the Queen's hand"
    • v bob remove or shorten the tail of an animal
    • v bob move up and down repeatedly "her rucksack bobbed gently on her back"
    • v bob ride a bobsled "The boys bobbed down the hill screaming with pleasure"
    • n bob a short abrupt inclination (as of the head) "he gave me a short bob of acknowledgement"
    • n bob a short or shortened tail of certain animals
    • n bob a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line
    • n bob a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string
    • n bob a long racing sled (for 2 or more people) with a steering mechanism
    • n bob a hair style for women and children; a short haircut all around
    • n bob a former monetary unit in Great Britain
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BOB-IN-THE-CAP BOB-IN-THE-CAP

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A salmon with two mouths, two sets of teeth and two tongues was caught by Bob Bateman of Canada
    • Bob A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
    • Bob A jeer or flout; a sharp jest or taunt; a trick. "He that a fool doth very wisely hit,
      Doth very foolishly, although he smart,
      Not to seem senseless of the bob ."
    • Bob A knot of worms, or of rags, on a string, used in angling, as for eels; formerly, a worm suitable for bait. "Or yellow bobs , turned up before the plow,
      Are chiefest baits, with cork and lead enow."
    • Bob A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig. "A plain brown bob he wore."
    • Bob A peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells.
    • Bob A shilling.
    • Bob A short, jerking motion; act of bobbing; as, a bob of the head.
    • Bob A small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float.
    • Bob A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
    • Bob (Steam Engine) A working beam.
    • Bob Anything that hangs so as to play loosely, or with a short abrupt motion, as at the end of a string; a pendant; as, the bob at the end of a kite's tail. "In jewels dressed and at each ear a bob ."
    • Bob The ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line.
    • Bob The refrain of a song. "To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song."
    • Bob To angle with a bob. See Bob n., 2 & 3. "He ne'er had learned the art to bob For anything but eels."
    • Bob To cause to move in a short, jerking manner; to move (a thing) with a bob. "He bobbed his head."
    • Bob To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch. "Gold and jewels that I bobbed from him."
    • Bob To cut short; as, to bob the hair, or a horse's tail.
    • Bob To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything. "Bobbing and courtesying."
    • Bob To mock or delude; to cheat. "To play her pranks, and bob the fool,
      The shrewish wife began."
    • Bob To strike with a quick, light blow; to tap. "If any man happened by long sitting to sleep . . . he was suddenly bobbed on the face by the servants."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first television broadcast of the Oscars took place in 1953, hosted by Bob Hope on NBC
    • n Bob A bunch; a cluster; a nosegay.
    • n Bob The seed-vessel of flax, hops, etc.
    • n Bob 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 Bob The ball or weight at the end of a pendulum, plumbline, and the like.
    • n Bob The movable weight on the graduated arm of a steelyard.
    • n Bob A knot of worms, rags, or other lures, fixed to a string, with or without a hook, and used in angling.
    • n Bob Formerly, a grub or larva of a beetle used for bait.
    • n Bob A gang of fish-hooks.
    • n Bob A float or cork for a fish-line.
    • n Bob 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 Bob The words repeated at the end of a stanza; the burden of a song.
    • n Bob A short jerking action or motion: as, a bob of the head.
    • n Bob In change-ringing, a set of changes which may be rung on 6, 8, 10, or 12 bells. That rung on 6 bells is called a bob minor; on 8 bells, a bob major; on 10 bells, a bob royal; and on 12 bells, a bob maximus.
    • n Bob 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 Bob A dance.
    • n Bob A particular kind of wig; a bob-wig.
    • n Bob A shilling. Formerly bobstick.
    • n Bob An infantry soldier: as, the light bobs: possibly so called because soldiers were enlisted in England with a shilling.
    • n Bob A seat mounted on short runners, used either for pleasure coasting or for the conveyance of loads over ice or snow; a sled.
    • Bob To cause a short jerky motion of; effect by a short jerking movement: as, “he bobbed his head,”
    • Bob To cut short; dock: often with off: as, to bob or bob off a horse's tail.
    • Bob 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.
    • Bob To make a jerky bow or obeisance.
    • Bob To dance.
    • Bob To angle or fish with a bob, as for eels, or by giving the hook a jerking motion in the water.
    • Bob To strike; beat.
    • Bob To jog; shake; nudge.
    • n Bob A shake or jog; a blow: as, “pinches, nips, and bobs,” Ascham, The Scholemaster.
    • Bob To mock; deride; insult.
    • Bob To deceive; delude; cheat.
    • Bob To gain by fraud or cheating.
    • n Bob A taunt; a jeer or flout; a trick.
    • n Bob A louse; any small insect.
    • n Bob A piece of clay placed beneath a vessel in a kiln. An old English name for bat, 13 .
    • Bob To transport (a load, as of logs) on a bob or sled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bob Dylan's real name is Robert Zimmerman, he changed it in honor of Dylan Thomas.
    • v.i Bob bob to move quickly up and down, to dangle: to fish with a bob
    • v.t Bob to move in a short, jerking manner:—pr.p. bob′bing; pa.p. bobbed
    • n Bob a short jerking motion: a slight blow: anything that moves with a bob or swing: a pendant: a knot of hair, as in Bob′-wig, one with the ends turned up into short curls: a bunch of lobworms, used in catching eels: any small roundish body: the refrain or burden of a song: a term in bell-ringing—a Bob minor is rung upon six bells; a Bob major on eight; a Bob royal on ten; a Bob maximus on twelve
    • n Bob bob (slang) a shilling.
    • n Bob a shortened familiar form of Robert: a familiar name for a policeman—from Sir Robert Peel, Home Secretary at the passing of the Metropolitan Police Act of 1828
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Quotations

  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy
    “I think in twenty years I'll be looked at like Bob Hope. Doing those president jokes and golf shit. It scares me.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “After a fellow gets famous it does not take long for someone to bob up that used to sit next to him in school.”
  • Lin-Chi
    Lin-Chi
    “If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.”

Idioms

Bent as a nine bob note - (UK) A person who is as bent as a nine bob note is dishonest. The reference comes from pre-decimalisation in UK (1971), when a ten shilling (bob) note was valid currency but no such note as nine shillings existed.
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Bits and bobs - Bits and bobs are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'odds and ends'.
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Bob's your uncle - (UK) This idiom means that something will be successful: Just tell him that I gave you his name and Bob's your uncle- he'll help you.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
An onomatopoetic word, expressing quick, jerky motion; OE. bob, bunch, bobben, to strike, mock, deceive. Cf. Prov. Eng. bob, n., a ball, an engine beam, bunch, blast, trick, taunt, scoff; as, a v., to dance, to courtesy, to disappoint, OF. bober, to mock

Usage

In literature:

I am only Bob Hubbard.
"Ralph Gurney's Oil Speculation" by James Otis
He's a great friend of Sweet Oil Bob's.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
I moves to de Bob Sinonton place.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Jeremy and Bob shivered in their places, hardly daring to breathe.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
It was the picture she had given Bob Bucknor, the father of the present owner of Buck Hill and the grandfather of Jeff.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
At any rate, Bob and the Salvation Army man met and Bob took charge of one of the baskets of doughnuts.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
You find Tom and Bob; they're 'round somewhere.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Then there is this man, this Peg Leg, whom Bob discovers arriving from the sea.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
That's so, Bob, I wouldn't, fer to be honest with you, Bob, I think I'd put it on racin'.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
The very suggestion, sir," he turned his frowning brows again on Bob, "is unworthy, sir!
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Helen bobbed her head and sobbed.
"Ruth Fielding at Briarwood Hall" by Alice B. Emerson
Like a shot the stranger jumped to his feet, and again Bob caught that sudden flash of green as he raised his hand in salute.
"Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts" by Roy Rutherford Bailey
The big dark youth, heavy and lazy moving, was the Signor Bob Martin.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
At the proper time Bob presented them with tea, Shad gave them each some tobacco, and then Bob told them of his proposed trading project.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
The musical waiter's jaw fell in the middle of a bob, as he espied the blue uniforms.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
Bob and Crossan consulted together, and Bob gave an order which I could not hear.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
I'd have thought Bob'd had sense enough to try to stop it.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
Against a girl you should have put up an old, one-eyed scout like yourself, or me, or Bob Scott.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Now Bob and Gene Johnson were at Oroville when you left, were they, Bob?
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
I told him last night that I mean to call him Bob after this, and he kissed me and said it was a bargain.
"An Artist in Crime" by Rodrigues Ottolengui
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In poetry:

She found her little robin:
He made his wings go flap,
Came fluttering, and went bob in,
Went bob into her lap.
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
And then she lost her robin;
Ah, that was sorrow dire!
He hopped along, and—bob in—
Hopped bob into the fire!
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
When the lawyers are through
What is there left, Bob?
Can a mouse nibble at it
And find enough to fasten a tooth in?
"The Lawyers Know Too Much" by Carl Sandburg
In the cup a little devil
Of a bob-tailed German brand,
Greeted all the guests, most civil,
Bowing, prancing, hat in hand.
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz
Tell her the sun is hid, bob-white,
The windy wheat sways west.
Whistle again, call clear and run
To lure her out of her nest.
"Call To Your Mate, Bob-White" by Cale Young Rice
"Be off!" said irritated BOB.
"Why come you here to bother one?
You pharisaical old snob,
You're wuss almost than t'other one!
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Bob Bryan goes through the legs to pull out doubles win at US Open.
Bob Diamond's in the rough — or what passes for it on Wall Street.
(L-R) Commercial fishermen George Richtman, Tim Adams, Bob Davis hold Asian carp caught March 1 in Mississippi River.
Barco presents the music of Bob Dylan and sometimes more.
One of us would recite a line from a song by Bob Dylan, the other had to deliver the next line, then name the song it came from.
Biographical details about US Sen Bob Casey and challenger Tom Smith.
In 1997, Bob Dylan was a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Bob St Pierre is director of marketing and public relations for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.
Support Dr Bob Stonebreaker's lifelong passion and vision for these beautiful exotic birds.
Canadian superstar Justin Bieber got rid of his signature shaggy bob on Tuesday.
Bob Greene's Best Life Breakfast Week One.
Hawks coach Bob Stephens still shakes his head thinking about last year's Black-and-Blue Classic - a physical affair that ended with a last-minute Miners drive to win.
The daughter of Bob Lanners and Laurie Poppen, Autumn has been taking classes since she was 9 years old.
Bob Black Jack Makes Turf Debut in Citation.
Bob Black Jack will make his turf debut in the Citation.
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In science:

We would like to thank Bob Wald for helpful discussions.
Generalized entropy and Noether charge
The simplest solution for Eve is to build her own teleported state, and she will be successful if this state has an equivalent noise smaller than the one achieved by Bob.
Evaluating quantum teleportation of coherent states
If she obtains the outcome |j i, Bob must then measure in an orthonormal basis containing the states |ηj i and |µj i.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Imagine two orthogonal three party pure states shared between Alice, Bob and Chris.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Bob and Chris can at first be grouped as one party, and then the decomposition (5) can be applied to the Alice-(Bob,Chris) split.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
We considered trying to perform local one-dimensional pro jections on Alice side which would give her no information, and leave Bob’s particle in residual states which could perhaps be easily distinguished from one another.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Alice’s measurement on Bob’s side are given with the same probability as the initial two pure states |ψ1i or |ψ2 i.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
It is easy to check that if Alice informs Bob of the measurement outcome, then he can easily rotate his state back to either α|0i + β |1i or γ |0i + δ |1i, depending upon whether φ1 or φ2 respectively was originally shared (this solution can also be found according to the discussion in Eqs. (12-14)).
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Bob can then locally recreate the state that he and Alice shared by adding an ancilla qubit in the state |0i and performing a control-NOT operation.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Suppose Alice and Bob are provided with one pure product state, |u >= |u1 > |u2 > or |v >= |v1 > |v2 > with probabilities r and s respectively, where r + s = 1.
Optimal Conclusive Discrimination of Two Non-orthogonal Pure Product Multipartite States Locally
Now by local operations, Bob first discriminates between |u2 > and |v2 > with r and s respectively.
Optimal Conclusive Discrimination of Two Non-orthogonal Pure Product Multipartite States Locally
It is explicit that we can achieve the same optimal discrimination by varying the order of operations performed by Alice and Bob.
Optimal Conclusive Discrimination of Two Non-orthogonal Pure Product Multipartite States Locally
Suppose Alice and Bob know the precise forms of two entangled states in which one of them is shared between them.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
For discriminating general states by LOCC operations, a restricted protocol is suggested in that Alice performs local one-dimensional pro jections which would give her no information and leave Bob’s particle in residual states which could perhaps be easily distinguished from each other.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
Bob performs the optimal conclusive discrimination between |µi i and |νi i which gives the optimal probability P|i = 1 − |hµi |νi i|.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
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