One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dark plate or screen used to shield a lens from light.
- ‘I may actually be trying to acid etch some gobos in my art class to save the department some money.’
- 1.1 (in a theatre) a partial screen used in front of a spotlight to project a shape.
- ‘The scenes of young Olivia spying on her whore mother through a static peephole gobo have an unsettlingly quality.’
- ‘The use of gobos to project different shapes onto the walls behind the actors seemed arbitrary, as if they just used whatever was left in the kit.’
- ‘In this case, she had apparently discussed with B having the gobos (the silhouettes that get projected on to the walls from the lamps) on a ‘Hollywood’ theme.’
- 1.2 A shield used to mask a microphone from extraneous noise.
- ‘Nice custom racks and cabinets are available, along with things like speaker stands and gobos.’
- ‘On some tunes, we tightened things up by lowering the umbrella and closing up the gobos.’
- ‘We actually put up a Plexiglas gobo around the drum kit.’
- ‘For mixing sessions, gobos are arrayed behind the mixing position to tone down the ‘liveness’ of the room.’
1930s: of unknown origin, perhaps from go between.
nounPlural gobosmass noun
A vegetable root used in Japanese and other oriental cooking.
- ‘I actually found myself liking an improbable cream-cheese-and-smoked-salmon concoction called a Pink Lady, which gained some street cred with the pungent crunch of salmon skin and batons of the mysterious root called gobo.’
- ‘Finally, burdocks and their edible roots are also found within the family, both the Japanese variety, often referred to as gobo, and the wild American variety.’
- ‘The Japanese do not often cook gobo as a vegetable in its own right, preferring to combine it with other vegetables.’
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