ob-

ob-

a prefix meaning “toward,” “to,” “on,” “over,” “against,” originally occurring in loanwords from Latin, but now used also, with the sense of “reversely,” “inversely,” to form Neo-Latin and English scientific terms: object; obligate; oblanceolate.
Also, o-, oc-, of-, op-.


Origin:
Middle English (< Old French) < Latin, representing ob (preposition); in some scientific terms, < Neo-Latin, Latin ob-

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ob-
 
prefix
inverse or inversely: obovate
 
[from Old French, from Latin ob. In compound words of Latin origin, ob- (and oc-, of-, op-) indicates: to, towards (object); against (oppose); away from (obsolete); before (obstetric); down, over (obtect); for the sake of (obsecrate); and is used as an intensifier (oblong)]

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ob-
prefix meaning "toward, against, across, down," also used as an intensive, from L. ob "toward, against, in the way of, about, before," from PIE base *opi- (cf. Oscan op, Gk. opi- "behind," Hittite appizzis "younger," Lith. ap- "about, near," Gk. epi "on, upon").
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Ob- definition


/ob/ prefix Obligatory. A piece of netiquette acknowledging that the author has been straying from the newsgroup's charter topic. For example, if a posting in alt.sex is a response to a part of someone else's posting that has nothing particularly to do with sex, the author may append "ObSex" (or "Obsex") and toss off a question or vignette about some unusual erotic act. It is considered a sign of great winnitude when one's Obs are more interesting than other people's whole postings.
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