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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cob
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
corn on the cob
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
corn
▪ Add the shallot, beans and oriental corn cobs and cook, stirring for about 3 minutes.
▪ Add stock and reserved corn cobs and bring to a boil.
▪ One fellow is roasting corn cobs over a charcoal stove.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Charcoal, wood chips, coconut shells and maize cobs are the only practical fuels at the moment.
▪ He clicked his tongue, the cob plodded resolutely forward and so did I. And it was easy!
▪ Maybe corn cut from the cob and fried with green onions and butter.
▪ Some people think fresh corn on the cob needs no embellishment.
▪ The cob was young and eager but uneducated.
▪ The placid and sensible character of the beginner's cob would be unsuitable for the racecourse, for example.
▪ Using a serrated knife, remove kernels of corn from cobs; reserve both kernels and cobs for sauce.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cob

Cob \Cob\, n. [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.]

  1. The top or head of anything. [Obs.]
    --W. Gifford.

  2. A leader or chief; a conspicuous person, esp. a rich covetous person. [Obs.]

    All cobbing country chuffs, which make their bellies and their bags their god, are called rich cobs.
    --Nash.

  3. The axis on which the kernels of maize or indian corn grow. [U. S.]

  4. (Zo["o]l.) A spider; perhaps from its shape; it being round like a head.

  5. (Zo["o]l.) A young herring.
    --B. Jonson.

  6. (Zo["o]l.) A fish; -- also called miller's thumb.

  7. A short-legged and stout horse, esp. one used for the saddle. [Eng.]

  8. (Zo["o]l.) A sea mew or gull; esp., the black-backed gull ( Larus marinus). [Written also cobb.]

  9. A lump or piece of anything, usually of a somewhat large size, as of coal, or stone.

  10. A cobnut; as, Kentish cobs. See Cobnut. [Eng.]

  11. Clay mixed with straw. [Prov. Eng.]

    The poor cottager contenteth himself with cob for his walls, and thatch for his covering.
    --R. Carew.

  12. A punishment consisting of blows inflictod on tho buttocas with a strap or a flat piece of wood.
    --Wright.

  13. A Spanish coin formerly current in Ireland, worth abiut 4s. 6d. [Obs.]
    --Wright.

    Cob coal, coal in rounded lumps from the size of an egg to that of a football; -- called also cobbles.
    --Grose.

    Cob loaf, a crusty, uneven loaf, rounded at top.
    --Wright.

    Cob money, a kind of rudely coined gold and silver money of Spanish South America in the eighteenth century. The coins were of the weight of the piece of eight, or one of its aliquot parts.

Cob

Cob \Cob\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cobbed; p. pr. & vb. n. Cobbing.]

  1. To strike [Prov. Eng.]
    --Halliwell.

  2. (Mining) To break into small pieces, as ore, so as to sort out its better portions.
    --Raymond.

  3. (Naut.) To punish by striking on the buttocks with a strap, a flat piece of wood, or the like.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
cob

a word or set of identical words with a wide range of meanings, many seeming to derive from notions of "heap, lump, rounded object," also "head" and its metaphoric extensions. With cognates in other Germanic languages; of uncertain origin and development. "The N.E.D. recognizes eight nouns cob, with numerous sub-groups. Like other monosyllables common in the dial[ect] its hist[ory] is inextricable" [Weekley]. In the 2nd print edition, the number stands at 11. Some senses are probably from Old English copp "top, head," others probably from Old Norse kubbi or Low German, all perhaps from a Proto-Germanic base *kubb- "something rounded." Among the earliest attested English senses are "headman, chief," and "male swan," both early 15c., but the surname Cobb (1066) suggests Old English used a form of the word as a nickname for "big, leading man." The "corn shoot" sense is attested by 1680s.

Wiktionary
cob

n. (context lang=en US military) (initialism of lang=en contingency operating base)

WordNet
cob
  1. n. nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus [syn: hazelnut, filbert, cobnut]

  2. stocky short-legged harness horse

  3. white gull having a black back and wings [syn: black-backed gull, great black-backed gull, Larus marinus]

  4. adult male swan

Wikipedia
Cob

Cob or cobb may refer to:

Cob (material)

Cob, cobb or clom (in Wales) is a natural building material made from subsoil, water, some kind of fibrous organic material (typically straw), and sometimes lime. The contents of subsoil naturally varies and if it does not contain the right mixture it can be modified with sand or clay. Cob is fireproof, resistant to seismic activity, and inexpensive. It can be used to create artistic, sculptural forms and has been revived in recent years by the natural building and sustainability movements.

In technical building and engineering documents such as the Uniform Building Code, cob may be referred to as an "unburned clay masonry" when used in a structural context. It might also be referred to as an "aggregate" in non-structural contexts, such as a "clay and sand aggregate" or more simply an "organic aggregate," such as where the cob is an insulating filler between post and beam construction.

Cob (horse)

A cob is a small horse, usually of a stout build, with strong bones, large joints, and steady disposition; it is a body type of horse rather than a specific breed. Historically, in the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, the eastern United States, a 'cob' may be a common horse used for everyday riding.

The term continues to be widely used to describe this type of horse in the United Kingdom, but less so in North America. In the United States, the term "cob" is primarily used to describe the Welsh cob, and in the sizing of bridles for horses, designating a smaller size that will fit not only the Welsh cob, but also many Morgans, Arabians, some American Quarter Horses, and other horses with short, triangular-shaped heads.

Usage examples of "cob".

He heard about the Corn Cob Club, and though of course he is not a bookseller he begged to come to our meetings.

I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, past the confines of reason, into the past, into a world of lost dialects, gator hunters, busthead whiskey, moss harvesters, Jax beer, trotline runners, moonshiners, muskrat trappers, cockfights, bloodred boudin, a jigger of Jim Beam lowered into a frosted schooner of draft, outlaw shrimpers, dirty rice black from the pot, hogmeat cooked in rum, Pearl and Regal and Grand Prize and Lone Star iced down in washtubs, crawfish boiled with cob corn and artichokes, all of it on the tree-flooded, alluvial rim of the world, where the tides and the course of the sun were the only measures of time.

Joel Duffle says two dozen ears of corn on the cob, and Violette replies with two quarts of lima beans.

Cob, always lamer in winter, stumped awkwardly into the snowy lane to greet them.

A tuft of oxeye daisies in the shelter of a ruinous worm fence attracted him, and he reined the cob from the highway to fetch them.

Cut the grains from the cobs and place in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add one-fourth pound of sifted flour, two eggs and a half pint of cold milk.

They spent the afternoon in a daze of euphoria buying cob webby underwear made by the nuns at the local convent, an extravagance that Shelley protested against quite vehemently until she had an illuminating mental vision of Jaime seeing her in the exquisite hand-embroidered garments.

Exceptions included the Scotch or Cotton thistle, a biennial growing up to five feet with striking, sculptured leaves, covered with white cob webby hairs and .

Himself, Sir Gerald Tarrant no less, master of a Secret Service department, huddled in that wardrobe with his bloody bowler and brolly, sweating cobs, visualizing ghastly consequences.

Sheilagh Morraine had a sweet, true, ordinary little voice, wooden gestures and expressions, and an astounding 42-25-38 figure she garbed in show gowns that seemed knitted of wet cob webs.

Dauboeuf, Garraway, Hemming, Skinner, and Cobner mention roseola and scarlatiniform erythema after minute doses of quinin.

Two or three boys were up on the roof of the Grange porch, festooning the entrance with corn garlands, while Jim Minerva stood on a ladder, attaching to the corners bunches of unshelled Indian cobs.

Attorney General, surprisingly aggressive, managing to shoulder out former Hewson himself--fetching for Verrie more champagne, and a second lavishly buttered cob of fresh-steamed corn.

New York to learn Americanese and American mechanical methods, and he had gone so far that he now really liked corn on cob.

It has all been eaten by rodents and birds that have gone up and under the cavern roof, but the cobs and the rinds from squash remain, giving us clear evidence that the Anasazi understood the great importance of storing large amounts of food during the good years for use during the bad.