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[glob] /glɒb/
a drop or globule of a liquid.
a usually rounded quantity or lump of some plastic or moldable substance:
a little glob of clay; a huge glob of whipped cream.
Origin of glob
1895-1900; perhaps blend of globe and blob Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The glob hit the floor, bounced up a couple of inches, fell back, bounced again and then quivered to a stop.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • I here send you a paragraph which I clipted from the weekly glob.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • The kerchief at his neck was turned knot-back and hung like a glob of crimson blood upon his breast.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
British Dictionary definitions for glob


(informal) a rounded mass of some thick fluid or pliable substance: a glob of cream
Word Origin
C20: probably from globe, influenced by blob
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for glob

1900, perhaps suggested by blob, gob, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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glob in Technology

/glob/, *not* /glohb/ To expand wild card characters in a path name.
In Unix the file name wild cards are:
* = zero or more characters (E.g. UN*X)
? = any single character
[] any of the enclosed characters
indicate alternation of comma-separated alternatives, thus foobaz,qux would expand to "foobaz" or "fooqux". This syntax generates a list of all possible expansions, rather than matching one.
These have become sufficiently pervasive that hackers use them in written English, especially in electronic mail or Usenet news on technical topics. E.g. "He said his name was [KC]arl" (expresses ambiguity). "I don't read talk.politics.*" (any of the talk.politics subgroups on Usenet). Other examples are given under the entry for X. Note that glob patterns are similar, but not identical, to those used in regexps.
"glob" was a subprogram that expanded wild cards in archaic pre-Bourne versions of the Unix shell.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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