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intransitive verb bobbing, bobbed, bobbed
1(move abruptly)the cork bobbed up and down on the water — el corcho cabeceaba en el agua
- he bobbed under the table — se metió rápidamente debajo de la mesa
- a head bobbed out from behind the door — una cabeza asomó por detrás de la puerta
- As we approached the jetty a speedboat whisked past sending our boat bobbing violently in its wake.
- Your hired motor boat is bobbing up and down at anchor, occasionally nudging the pebbles on the beach as a bigger wave breaks.
- She shook her head, her short blond locks bobbing around her head.
- His Adam's apple bobbed nervously in his short, thick throat.
- With each step her short, straight ponytail bobbed from side to side, dyed banana bread blonde with brown roots and lowlights.
- A small boat bobs in the distance, waiting to record our time.
- Finally, it was time to go, and the scene was snapshot-pretty: a dozen boats bobbing on the glassy turquoise water of Coyote Bay.
- Despite the gloom of the grey mist around us, with our boats and their bodies bobbing about on a still, glassy sea, the experience could not have been more perfect.
- Farther along the wharf we find a small fleet of fishing boats bobbing in a slick of diesel, their grizzled crews eyeing us suspiciously.
- Visibility isn't the point since it's often lousy and if you get seasick all those boats bobbing about in the harbour can make you pretty miserable.
- We tied up on a jetty on Havelock Island with blue boats bobbing in its bay and rising hills, covered in forests, as a background.
- With the sun glistening on the small village bay and boats bobbing on the water, the backdrop is reminiscent of a scene from a tourist brochure.
- There are ancient looking hat-and-high-heels shops, there are little white boats bobbing in the water.
- The sun would be shimmering on the gently rolling waves and fishing boats would be bobbing in the water.
- There are boats bobbing about, little clouds over the mountains opposite.
- Everywhere you look, you see these cheerful fires, and you can see boats bobbing in the water too.
- You can read a book on one of the benches beside the water and watch swans bobbing around the boats in the marinas.
- Between the two establishments a whole armada of small boats bobbed about.
- Then finally, they broke ranks; their famous red hackles bobbing as they searched the crowd for family.
- She rocked onto her toes and back onto her heels excitedly, her short brown ponytail bobbing as she did so.
- he bobbed under the table — se metió rápidamente debajo de la mesa
transitive verb bobbing, bobbed, bobbed
1(move abruptly)(tail) menear(head) inclinar
- You can't help but bob your shoulders and sway your hips to the raunchy jazz in this number!
- He keeps filming the milky-eyed and toothless bluehair as she bobs her head around, struggling to focus on who she's talking to.
- The bird bobs its head, showing more interest in its surroundings than the man who sustains an unaffected stare.
- You'll understand once you find yourself hunched over the liner notes, devoutly mumbling the lyrics to yourself and bobbing your head to the bursts of pseudo-Russian choruses.
- Enjoy a hip-hop experience that will have you bobbing your head, tapping your toes, and most importantly, won't leave you feeling cheap and used the next morning.
- I worked in a Connecticut boatyard, where my workmates used to tease me about it but they couldn't physically do the eyebrow act without bobbing their heads.
- In the commercial, nine-year-old boys are clustered around the oven, making faces and bobbing their heads along to the jingle.
- An interesting waterfowl is the Common Gallinule, which looks like a swimming chicken, bobbing its head forward and back.
- Wearing anything from period costume to Lycra leggings, the teams also have to perform tasks such as scoffing a piece of cake or bobbing an apple at various points.
- Sekedar Cinta - the group's first single - is a hip tune that will have listeners bobbing their heads up and down.
- That man ferociously bobbing his head really seems to get it.
- The crowd of polite listeners, sitting pretty with their drinks in their hands, soon started bobbing their heads in sync.
- As Taj sang and strummed his big guitar, kids as young as five and as old as 17 were bobbing their heads to the rhythms of the blues.
- And I just sit in the car taking in the music, bobbing my head and quietly singing along.
- To keep the native animal theme going, he was bobbing his head about like a rabid emu while singing this song.
- Some people are content with bobbing their heads to whatever comes on the radio.
- Part of this involves a treacherous visual gag where she has to bob her head at various speeds.
- The beat is so pounding and persuasive, it's impossible not to do a strange little stamping dance, bobbing your head back and forth like an inquisitive chicken.
- The weather was perfect and hundreds of people turned out to see a 1000 yellow ducks bob their way down the canal.
- They began to bob their heads up and down from beneath the window like demented puppets.
2(make)to bob a curtsy — hacer una reverencia / inclinación
1(movement)(of tail) meneo masculine(of head) inclinación feminine
- With a quick bob of her tongue she span back around and marched down the corridor, opening the classroom door by magic without even realising she had done it.
- Unlike Garrett's bewildered reaction, Clara only gave a slight bob of her head to acknowledge him.
- Her mistress gave a slight bob of her head, and she began bustling about, stirring up the fire.
- The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small, fat-encircled eyes.
- ‘Excuse me, my lady, but my lady Kei said for me to bring Nichole here to you for a bit,’ said Lela with a slight bob to signify a curtsey.
1.1(haircut)melena feminineto wear one's hair in a bob — llevar melena
- She had auburn hair styled in a bob cut, gentle, hazel eyes, and the greatest smile that had ever graced any thin, yet soft face.
- Linda Evangelista had the shortest hair with a bob to the bottom of her neck.
- I've had my hair cut from just above my waist to a short bob and it looks really thick and bushy.
- Her luscious curly black hair, a bob above her ears, had been dyed green.
- Turn to the word ‘hair’ and one can see illustrations of various ‘hair styles’, like French plait, bob, crew cut and so on.
- Greene then created this choppy bob by razor-cutting the hair into asymmetrical sides, supershort bangs and a cropped back.
- Suddenly, a girl with her blonde hair cut in a short bob cut and a round face came running out of the salon.
- He then created the two-strand twists and cut the hair into a stacked bob.
- James produced this look by trimming and shaping the model's chemically relaxed hair into a layered bob that can be worn spiky or sleek.
- It was short, like in a bob hair cut, and her face seemed to tell a whole new different story.
- But she looked the same, elegant and sophisticated, with a short bob of black hair and big baby blue eyes.
- Miss Hall was white, slim, 5ft 5in tall, with two protruding front teeth and recently dyed red hair cut in a bob.
- Her hairstyle was a bob; very short in the back and very long in the front, angled slightly to meet with the sturdy line of hair that fell just above her eyes.
- My skin is peachy-tan, and I have ginger hair that is styled into a bob so I look like a flapper.
- He went to the bookshelf and removed the album and sat down at the kitchen table he opened to the page of her with the bob hair cut.
- Her normal shape of manifestation was that of a slender, short woman with snowy hair cut quite short in a page-boy bob and an ageless, lovely face.
- Now 50, Atkinson looks much younger, with her hair cut in a fashionable bob.
- She was a lively young lady, with a head of sandy blond hair shortly cropped into a bob style.
- Latasha Arnt appeared before the court in a black pantsuit and sandals, her hair in a crimped bob.
- A couple years ago she hacked all her long, beautiful black hair off into a bob with chocolate colored highlights that she managed to just pull off.
1.2(docked tail)cola atusada feminine
2.1(on pendulum) pesa feminine(on plumb line) plomada feminine
- The functioning of a key depends on its rigidity whilst that of clocks and watches depend crucially on the weight of pendulum bobs or the elasticity of springs.
- Newton showed that after appropriate corrections are made for air resistance, action and reaction are equal regardless of whether the pendulum bobs are composed of steel, glass, cork, or wool.
- The relationship between the masses of the replica pendulum bobs and the mass of the overall platform was roughly the same, and the clocks' periods were also comparable.
- Of course, once the shape of the tautochrone had been determined, the problem of forcing a pendulum bob to oscillate along such a curve remained.
- Usually, you'll find a nut at the end of the pendulum bob.
- The long, thin string and the heavy bob will enable the pendulum to swing unencumbered for hours and hours and hours.
- He handed each of us a little toy pendulum with a retractable bob.
- Measure the length of the string and then tap the bob to set the pendulum in motion.
- In fact there are only three things to it: the length of the string, the weight of the bob, and the size of the swing.
- What seizes our attention is the spring that is programmed to move counter-clockwise along the rim of the pendulum's circular bob, against the conventional motion of time.
- The mechanism has needed little repair in 220 years - except for a notable occasion 30 years ago when time stood still after the bob on the end of the pendulum became detached and dropped into the pit.
- When a bullet is fired its momentum is transferred to the bob and can be determined from the amplitude of the pendulum.
- For a classical pendulum, that is when the bob is at rest and at the bottom.
2.2British (bait)cebo masculinecarnada feminine
3(sled)trineo de bobsleigh masculine
- A sport that seems certain to capture the public imagination over the next Winter Olympic fortnight is the bob skeleton.
- In the bob skeleton event, competitors travel on a sled on their stomach, head first down a track.
1(cut)(tail) cortar(tail) atusarto bob one's hair — cortarse el pelo a lo paje
- Emily, when I last saw her, was very short and had brown hair that was bobbed at her chin.
- She pulled the straw out and twisted her helmet off, revealing a teenage girl with round glasses, bobbed brown hair and bright smiling eyes.
- Marya shook her head, her neatly bobbed dark hair brushing against high cheekbones.
- She has brown, bobbed, naturally-curly hair which had been highlighted but was, she thought, ‘too stripy’.
- The women had bobbed hair, and they were smoking.
- This was true in part because bobbed hair was immediately favoured by women in the ‘world's oldest profession’ due to its ease of care.
- Cora shook her head and her shoulder length, naturally curly brown hair bobbed in the slight wind.
- She had bobbed hair, and it was something about the short, dark and straight hair that struck me with a picture in my mind that I couldn't place.
- Irene had also introduced bobbed hair and staying skinny to the world of fashion.
- Her black hair was bobbed, and hung level with her chin, a style unheard of at the time.
- At the party is her friend Camille, who is wearing a lime green velvet asymmetrical toga-type arrangement, to match her asymmetrically bobbed hair.
- My hair was bobbed because of my ailment and fear shot through me when some boys teased me.
- He points to a young woman in coed clothes and straight, black, bobbed hair.
- With blonde bobbed hair, smart trouser suit, fashionable glasses and delicate diamond ear-rings, she could pass muster at any PR firm.
- She had dramatic silver bobbed hair and red lipstick.
- She had blonde hair bobbed to her chin, and a cute face.
- He walked into the STAR this week, hair of curls neatly bobbed.
- She is younger then, the trademark dark hair bobbed rather than cropped, the intelligent, dark eyes serious and intense.
- She is wearing a black dressing gown with a pretty picture of a butterfly, her hair is immaculate and bobbed.
- Her eyes were so pale in the light; her fashionably bobbed and curled hair was a dark frame from her too pale face.
1chelín masculineI bet that cost a few bob! — ¡eso ha tenido que costar un platal informal
- she's not short of a few bob or of a bob or two — está forrada
- It may be worth a few bob in years to come, but that was not the reason I bought it.
- After this season, they might be worth a bob or two as a memorial souvenir.
- You'll find a lot of beer cans, unless you can tune out aluminium, but you'll pick up an interesting selection of lost property and a few bob in coins.
- Hopefully it will be a great season and fingers crossed we might make a few bob over the coming season, no matter slight the chances.
- They were large displays and had cost quite a bob, but my wife only got a brief glimpse of them.
- To build a block of flats, you simply slot the modules together in whatever arrangement you or your architect like, slap some cladding on the outside (red cedar, please, not concrete, this is the 21st century) - and Bob's your uncle.
- You take any random word, preferably BAYBEE, chant it a few hundred times whilst repeatedly thumping any handy hard surface, record it with some techno tweaking, and Bob's your uncle.
- It should not come as a surprise - after all, it's a simple case of keying in a few addresses, pressing the ‘forward’ button, and Bob's your uncle.
- Press Enter once you've made your selection, and Bob's your uncle.
- Indeed, they are just down the stairs, negotiate the drop-off layby, cross the road and Bob's your uncle.
- You don't even have to think about it, just stick a finger in, give it a wiggle, and Bob's your uncle.
- Switch your credit card balance to a provider offering 0% interest for balance transfers for the first 6 months, and Bob's your uncle.
- Ignore the dialog box about ports, and Bob's your uncle.
- You use a little hand-held shuttle and Bob's your uncle.
- So it's still possible to steal a mobile phone, change the simcard inside it, rebirth the mobile phone as it were, and Bob's your uncle.
- Seal off the victims, get out the test tubes, work out a recipe for some injection that will kill the virus and Bob's your uncle.
- Sure, it's only a matter of keeping the head down, stroking through the ball, and Bob's your uncle.
- Put together a couple of kitchen fitments, buy a coffee machine and Bob's your uncle.
- And since we already know that he's taken quite a fancy for you, he'll snap you up, Laurel'll see, and Bob's your uncle!
- Boot from floppy, select " Install from FTP’ and Bob's your uncle.
- Give up your worldly wealth for heavenly reward, and Bob's your uncle.
- You'd be discovered and your throat slit quicker than you can say Bob's your uncle!
- Just be sure to talk at least once in class, compliment him on his tie once a week, and Bob's your uncle!
- A hushed call was placed and Bob's your uncle - there I was at the desk holding my first official chart in trembling hands.
- A little cut and paste from the electronic archives and Bob's your uncle.
- she's not short of a few bob or of a bob or two — está forrada
1Bob's your uncle! — ¡listo!