• WordNet 3.6
    • n cob adult male swan
    • n cob white gull having a black back and wings
    • n cob stocky short-legged harness horse
    • n cob nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cob A cobnut; as, Kentish cobs . See Cobnut.
    • Cob (Zoöl) A fish; -- also called miller's thumb.
    • Cob A leader or chief; a conspicuous person, esp. a rich covetous person. "All cobbing country chuffs, which make their bellies and their bags their god, are called rich cobs ."
    • Cob A lump or piece of anything, usually of a somewhat large size, as of coal, or stone.
    • Cob A punishment consisting of blows inflictod on tho buttocas with a strap or a flat piece of wood.
    • Cob (Zoöl) A sea mew or gull; esp., the black-backed gull (Larus marinus).
    • Cob A short-legged and stout horse, esp. one used for the saddle.
    • Cob A Spanish coin formerly current in Ireland, worth abiut 4s. 6d.
    • Cob (Zoöl) A spider; perhaps from its shape; it being round like a head.
    • Cob (Zoöl) A young herring.
    • Cob Clay mixed with straw. "The poor cottager contenteth himself with cob for his walls, and thatch for his covering."
    • Cob The axis on which the kernels of maize or indian corn grow.
    • Cob The top or head of anything.
    • Cob (Mining) To break into small pieces, as ore, so as to sort out its better portions.
    • Cob (Naut) To punish by striking on the buttocks with a strap, a flat piece of wood, or the like.
    • Cob To strike "Ye mote with the plat sword again Stroken him in the wound, and it will close."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cob The top; the head; the poll.
    • n cob A head man; a prominent or chief person; a leader or chief.
    • n cob A wealthy man; especially, one who makes a vulgar use or display of his wealth; a rich and vulgar man; a chuff.
    • n cob A roundish lump. Specifically— A nut; a cobnut (which see).
    • n cob A small haystack; a haycock.
    • n cob An ear of wheat. See cob-poke.
    • n cob The cylindrical shoot or receptacle, in the form of a spike, on which the grains of maize or Indian corn grow in rows; a corn-cob (which see).
    • n cob A young herring.
    • n cob A fish, the bullhead or miller's-thumb.
    • n cob The common clam, Mya arenaria.
    • n cob A Spanish dollar: a name formerly in use in Ireland, and still at Gibraltar.
    • n cob A compost of puddled clay and straw, or of straw, lime, and earth.
    • n cob In coal-mining, a small solid pillar of coal left in a waste as a support for the roof.
    • n cob Clover-seed.
    • n cob A strong, thick-set, pony-built horse, capable of carrying a heavy weight at a good pace. Also cob-horse.
    • n cob A kind of wicker basket made to be carried on the arm; specifically, one used for carrying seed while sowing.
    • n cob The great black-backed gull, Larus marinus. Also spelled cobb.
    • n cob A sort of short breakwater.
    • cob To strike; knock; beat on the buttocks with the knee, or with a board or strap.
    • cob In mining, to break (ore) into small fragments with a hammer, in the process of dressing it for the smelter.
    • cob To excel; outdo; beat.
    • cob To throw.
    • cob To fight.
    • cob Also spelled cobb.
    • n cob A blow on the buttocks with the knee, or with a strap or board; a punishment consisting of such blows. Also spelled cobb.
    • n cob In pharm., a cylindrical mass of crystals of lactose (sugar of milk) formed upon a stick or cord.
    • n cob Tn horticulture, a kind of filbert characterized by a short rounded nut borne in short open husks. The longer nuts, in long husks, are known as true filberts.
    • n cob Any of the larger gulls, but more particularly the black-backed gull, Larus marinus.
    • n cob In the United States the standard for a cob is some what larger than in England, a typical cob standing about 15 hands high and weighing from 1,000 to 1,050 pounds. A cob is smoother and more compact than a coacher and has shorter legs.
    • n cob Same as cobswan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cob kob a head of maize: a short-legged strong horse for heavy weights: a male swan—also Cob′-swan
    • n Cob kob a kind of composition of clay and straw for building
    • v.t Cob kob to strike, to thump the buttocks.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. cop, copp, head, top, D. kop, G. kopf, kuppe, LL. cuppa, cup (cf. E. brainpan,), and also W. cob, tuft, spider, cop, copa, top, summit, cobio, to thump. Cf. Cop top, Cup (n.)


In literature:

Immediately husk, silk, and cut the corn from the cob.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Some one brought in a lighted corn-cob pipe, with a long reed-stalk, for the President to smoke.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
Afterwards she slowly pinned a corn-cob to the right side of her belt, and began to knit.
"Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's" by Sophie May
The judge had finished his preparation for the cattle thief's case, and now sat ruminating it over his cob pipe.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
Did you ever notice how poorly the cob is filled on a single cornstalk standing alone in a field?
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
This is well shown by a comparison of two lots of Kentish Cob of different ages.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
By the way, Roger, how does the new cob do?
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
I have seen you on the roads riding a grey cob with a white nose.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Across the field towards them, mounted on a stout, grey cob, came the farmer at a slow jog-trot.
"Thistle and Rose" by Amy Walton
Then there were reedbuck and cob, both of which are very good to eat.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon

In poetry:

Women he liked, did shovel-bearded Bob,
Old Farmer Hayward of the Heath, but he
Loved horses. He himself was like a cob
And leather-coloured. Also he loved a tree.
"Bob's Lane" by Edward Thomas
I told him I was hungry, and to leave one of ten
Would have spoiled my best dinner, the one I wanted then.
Said the cob, "I ought to know the truth about dinners,
I don't eat on roadsides like poor tramping sinners!"
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald
Quoth the cob, "You are a donkey of a most peculiar breed!
You've just eaten up a thistle that was going fast to seed!
If you had but let it be, you might have raised a crop!
To many a coming dinner you have put a sad stop!"
"The Donkey In The Cart To The Horse In The Carriage" by George MacDonald
Boss-cocky Billson softly swore,
And turning from his chestnut cob.
“What’s that?” he questioned from the door.
“You say that you don’t sleep no more
Than two hours? I pay thirty bob.
Now, mister, do you want a job?”
"Highly Desireable" by Edward Dyson
Men may sing of their Havanas, elevating to the stars
The real or fancied virtues of their foreign-made cigars;
But I worship Nicotina at a different sort of shrine,
And she sits enthroned in glory in this corn-cob pipe of mine.
"My Corn-Cob Pipe" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It 's as fragrant as the meadows when the clover is in bloom;
It 's as dainty as the essence of the daintiest perfume;
It 's as sweet as are the orchards when the fruit is hanging ripe,
With the sun's warm kiss upon them--is this corn-cob pipe.
"My Corn-Cob Pipe" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Sweet Corn Days 2012 annual Run for the Cob featured its first half-marathon race for the event on Saturday.
Think beyond just butter to spice up seasonal corn on the cob .
I was a little late in getting corn on the cob this year as Ross and I picked a few ears from his parents' field on Saturday.
The absorbent power of corn cobs .
That's when she found the cobs .
She envisions that a cargo plane would drop the cobs into the water, where they would float and collect oil.
Then the cobs could be collected, wrung of their oil and be placed back into the water to continue the cleanup.
Louie's Italian Restaurant & Bar in Cos Cob .
Corn on the cob trick.
So glad that good weather is finally here and I'm excited to have good times with my neighbors I wanted to announce that we are having a cob oven building workshop in my backyard, July 12th and 13th.
Instead of creating uniform blocks to build with, cob is normally applied by hand in large gobs (or cobs ) which can be tossed from one person to another during the building process.
Bring salted water to a boil & drop in the shucked & brushed corn cobs .
Grilled Corn on the cob can be done in shuck or out.
A celebration on the cob at Sioux Rapids.
Corn on the cob with husks.

In science:

It is shown that there is a non-trivial functor from Cob to Ab±2 , which maps a link L to the Khovanov homology KH∗,∗ (L).
An invariant of link cobordisms from symplectic Khovanov homology
In particular, using our results and results of Baier et al. we show for one-sided complete-observation deterministic games, the problem of almost-sure winning for coB ¨uchi objectives and positive winning for B ¨uchi objectives are undecidable.
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The B ¨uchi and coB ¨uchi objectives are the special cases of parity objectives with two priorities, p : S → {0, 1} and p : S → {1, 2} respectively.
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The results of shows that the emptiness problem for probabilistic coB ¨uchi (resp. B ¨uchi) automata under the almost-sure (resp. positive) semantics is undecidable.
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As a consequence it follows that for POMDPs the problem of deciding if there is a pure observation-based almost-sure (resp. positive) winning strategy for coB ¨uchi (resp. B ¨uchi) objectives isundecidable, and as a consequence of Theorem 5 we obtain the same undecidability result for randomized strategies.
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