cob

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun a sturdy short-legged riding horse
  • noun a mixture of clay, gravel and straw used as a building material

Construction

  • A lump or piece of anything, such as coal, ore, or stone.

Food

  • A round, hemispherical, white or brown loaf baked on a flat tray, sometimes with a cross incised on the top before baking

Slang

  • verb (to give someone) a pinch or poke in the buttocks. In this sense the word, originally a dialect term for a lump or a protrusion, can be dated back to the English slang of the later 18th century.

Travel

  • noun a round loaf of bread

Banking

  • acronym forCommission des Opérations de Bourse
    (written as COB)
  • acronym forCommission des Opérations de Bourse
    (written as COB)
  • noun the body which supervises the French Stock Exchanges (the equivalent of the British SIB or the American SEC).

Electronics

  • acronym forchip-on-board
    (written as COB)

Origin & History of “cob”

Cob has a bizarre range of meanings – ‘nut’, ‘horse’, ‘male swan’, ‘loaf’, ‘ear of maize’ – but a distillation of them points back to an original ‘head, or something similarly rounded’ (cobnuts and cobloaves, e.g., are spherical, and the male swan is the ‘chief’ or ‘leader’). It is therefore tempting to see a connection with the now obsolete cop ‘top, head’ (probably represented in cobweb), and even with Latin caput ‘head’.
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