glob

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Possibly a blend of blob +‎ gob or a clipping of globule. An element of sound symbolism is clearly involved: compare such phonetically and semantically similar words as glop, gop, blob, clump and clod. (Still, globe, clump and clod may be related via the Proto-Indo-European root *gel-; compare clew.[1])

In the biological sense, proposed by Bevil R. Conway and Doris Y. Tsao, by analogy with the cytochrome-oxidase "blobs" of V1, an earlier stage in the hierarchical elaboration of colour. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɡlɑb/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɡlɒb/
  • Rhymes: -ɑb, -ɒb

Noun[edit]

glob (plural globs)

  1. A round, shapeless or amorphous lump, as of a semisolid substance.
    He put a glob of paint into the cup and went on painting.
  2. (programming) A limited pattern matching technique using wildcards, less powerful than a regular expression.
  3. (biology) A millimeter-sized colour module found beyond the visual area V2 in the brain's parvocellular pathway.

See also[edit]

Verb[edit]

glob (third-person singular simple present globs, present participle globbing, simple past and past participle globbed)

  1. To stick in globs or lumps.
    Paint was globbing off the wall.
  2. (programming) To carry out pattern matching using a glob.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 359

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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin globus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

glob m inan

  1. planet, globe

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • glob in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • glob in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French globe, from Latin globus.

Noun[edit]

glob n (plural globuri)

  1. globe (all senses)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

glob c

  1. a globe

Declension[edit]

Declension of glob 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative glob globen glober globerna
Genitive globs globens globers globernas

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