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BOB, n. Any little round thing, that plays loosely at the end of a string, cord, or movable machine; a little ornament or pendant that hangs so as to play loosely.

Our common people apply the word to a knot of worms, on a string,used in fishing for eels.

1. The words repeated at the end of a stanza.

2. A blow; a shake or jog; a jeer or flout.

3. The ball of a short pendulum.

4. A mode of ringing.

5. A bob-wig.

BOB, v.i. To play backward and forward; to play loosely against any thing.

1. To angle, or fish for eels, or to catch eels with a bob.



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BOB, n. Any little round thing, that plays loosely at the end of a string, cord, or movable machine; a little ornament or pendant that hangs so as to play loosely.

Our common people apply the word to a knot of worms, on a string,used in fishing for eels.

1. The words repeated at the end of a stanza.

2. A blow; a shake or jog; a jeer or flout.

3. The ball of a short pendulum.

4. A mode of ringing.

5. A bob-wig.

BOB, v.i. To play backward and forward; to play loosely against any thing.

1. To angle, or fish for eels, or to catch eels with a bob.

BOB, n.

  1. Any little round thing, that plays loosely at the end of a string, cord, or movable machine; a little ornament or pendant that hangs so as to play loosely. – Dryden. Our common people apply the word to a knot of worms, on a string, used in fishing for eels.
  2. The words repeated at the end of a stanza. – L'Estrange.
  3. A blow; a shake or jog; a jeer or flout. – Ainsworth. Ascham.
  4. The ball of a short pendulum. – Encyc.
  5. A mode of ringing. – Johnson.
  6. A bob-wig. – Shenstone.

BOB, v.i.

  1. To play backward and forward; to play loosely against any thing. – Dryden.
  2. To angle, or fish for eels, or to catch eels with a bob. – Encyc.

BOB, v.t.

  1. To beat; to shake or jog. – Shak.
  2. To cheat; to gain by fraud. – Shak.
  3. To mock or delude. – Ainsworth.
  4. To cut short.

Bob
  1. 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.
    Dryden.

  2. To cause to move in a short, jerking manner] to move (a thing) with a bob.

    "He bobbed his head." W. Irving.
  3. To have a short, jerking motion; to play to and fro, or up and down; to play loosely against anything.

    "Bobbing and courtesying." Thackeray.
  4. 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.
    Lauson.

  5. 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.
    Elyot.

  6. To angle with a bob. See Bob, n., 2 *** 3.

    He ne'er had learned the art to bob
    For anything but eels.
    Saxe.

    To bob at an apple, cherry, etc. to attempt to bite or seize with the mouth an apple, cherry, or other round fruit, while it is swinging from a string or floating in a tug of water.

  7. A small piece of cork or light wood attached to a fishing line to show when a fish is biting; a float.
  8. To cheat; to gain by fraud or cheating; to filch.

    Gold and jewels that I bobbed from him.
    Shak.

  9. The ball or heavy part of a pendulum; also, the ball or weight at the end of a plumb line.
  10. To mock or delude; to cheat.

    To play her pranks, and bob the fool,
    The shrewish wife began.
    Turbervile.

  11. A small wheel, made of leather, with rounded edges, used in polishing spoons, etc.
  12. To cut short; as, to bob the hair, or a horse's tail.
  13. A short, jerking motion; act of bobbing; as, a bob of the head.
  14. A working beam.
  15. A knot or short curl of hair; also, a bob wig.

    A plain brown bob he wore.
    Shenstone.

  16. A peculiar mode of ringing changes on bells.
  17. The refrain of a song.

    To bed, to bed, will be the bob of the song.
    L'Estrange.

  18. A blow; a shake or jog; a rap, as with the fist.
  19. 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.
    Shak.

  20. A shilling.

    [Slang, Eng.] Dickens.
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Bob

BOB, noun Any little round thing, that plays loosely at the end of a string, cord, or movable machine; a little ornament or pendant that hangs so as to play loosely.

Our common people apply the word to a knot of worms, on a string, used in fishing for eels.

1. The words repeated at the end of a stanza.

2. A blow; a shake or jog; a jeer or flout.

3. The ball of a short pendulum.

4. A mode of ringing.

5. A bob-wig.

BOB, verb intransitive To play backward and forward; to play loosely against any thing.

1. To angle, or fish for eels, or to catch eels with a bob

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