• WordNet 3.6
    • v hob cut with a hob
    • n hob a shelf beside an open fire where something can be kept warm
    • n hob a hard steel edge tool used to cut gears
    • n hob (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
    • n hob (folklore) a small grotesque supernatural creature that makes trouble for human beings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hob A countryman; a rustic; a clown.
    • Hob A fairy; a sprite; an elf. "From elves, hobs, and fairies, . . . Defend us, good Heaven !"
    • Hob A peg, pin, or mark used as a target in some games, as an iron pin in quoits; also, a game in which such a target is used.
    • Hob (Mech) A threaded and fluted hardened steel cutter, resembling a tap, used in a lathe for forming the teeth of screw chasers, worm wheels, etc.
    • Hob The flat projection or iron shelf at the side of a fire grate, where things are put to be kept warm.
    • Hob The hub of a wheel. See Hub.
    • n Hob (Zoöl) The male ferret.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hob A round stick, stake, or pin used as a mark to throw at in certain games, as in quoits or the game called hob.
    • n hob A boys' game in which halfpence are set on the end of a round stick (the hob), at which something (as a stone) is pitched. when the hob is knocked down, all the halfpence that fall with their heads upward are the pitcher's, and the rest are set up again on the hob to be pitched at. [Eng.]
    • n hob A hardened threaded steel mandrel for cutting a comb or chasing-tool.
    • n hob The nave of a wheel: same as hub, 7.
    • n hob A structure inserted in a fireplace to diminish its width, originally introduced when broad open fireplaces were first fitted with grates for the burning of coal; also, the level top of such a structure, forming a space upon which any thing can be set which it is desired to keep hot.
    • n hob The shoe of a sledge.
    • n hob A countryman; a rustic; an awkward, clownish fellow.
    • n hob A sprite; an elf; a hobgoblin.
    • n hob A milling-machine cutter used in forming the teeth of worm-gears. It is of the shape of the worm which is to mesh in the interdental spaces of the gear, and in use cuts out of the blank gear this space, leaving the teeth correctly formed.
    • n hob A master die; a steel punch cut to a certain design, used for making coining-dies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hob hob the projecting nave of a wheel: a projection on the side of a fireplace, on which anything may be laid to keep hot: a game in which coins are placed on the end of a short stick at which stones are thrown, those that fall head up going to the thrower—also the round stick used in this game: a hardened threaded steel mandrel used in forming the cutting ends of screw-chasing tools, &c
    • v.t Hob to furnish with hobnails: to trample upon with hobnailed shoes
    • n Hob hob a clownish fellow: a rustic: a fairy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Orig. an abbrev. of Robin, Robert,; Robin Goodfellow, a celebrated fairy, or domestic spirit. Cf. Hobgoblin, and see Robin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A corr. of Rob for Robin, Robert.


In literature:

O, Hob, I fear she looks too high.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
We will hob-a-nob together, I tell you.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
To begin with, it seems he has no money, is of no family, and aristocratic Tetuan refuses to "hob-nob" with him.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Dancing steadily through a temperature of 98 in the shade plays hob with some sorts of prettiness.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The flood rose through the night, till it washed the kettle off the hob in the kitchen.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Stir till it boils; set it on the corner of the hob to boil gently for two hours.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
I put it on the hob for you.
"Great Uncle Hoot-Toot" by Mrs. Molesworth
I stopped here: and, Hob, do you the same!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
You ain't got no right to git a hob-a-nobbin' with sech scum.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
On the snow-white hearth there was a handful of red fire, and the bright black hob held the shining kettle.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
They were the heavy, hob-nailed shoes of some laborer on his way to work.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
On the hob, a kettle steamed; on, the hearth, a cat reposed.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
His tea was ready for him on the hob, and they all tried who should help him to it most.
"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Jaquith took the saucepan from her hand and set it on the hob.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
At Lauder, in 1649, Hob Grieve was accused of witchcraft.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
When the coffee was done, the Jew drew the saucepan to the hob, looked at Oliver, and called him by his name.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
Who, think you, I have been hob-nobbing with this last half hour?
"The Minute Boys of Boston" by James Otis
He can pick his time to come here and raise hob!
"Asteroid of Fear" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
There was always a fine crackling fire in the kitchen, and a sleek tabby cat, and copper kettles singing on the hob.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
There was a clatter of hob-nailed shoes along the stone passage inside.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope

In poetry:

The cat purs o'th hearthstone;
Th' clock ticks i'th nook;
Th' kettle sings o'th hob; an'
Th' pon hangs o'th hook.t
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh
What's yonder?— Grizzled Dyphwys dim:
The triple-hummocked Giant's stool,
Hoar messmate, hobs and nobs with him
To halve the bowl of Penmaen Pool.
"Penmaen Pool" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
"Hob, what about that River-bit?" I turn to him again,
With Fabricius and Ogier and William of Warenne.
"Hev it jest as you've a mind to, but"-and here he takes command.
For whoever pays the taxes old Mus' Hobden owns the land.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Unlike hobs with two-radius sides, trapezoidal hobs require no special machines to generate the tooth forms.
Symphony #44 "Trauer" in e, HOB 1/44 (Funeral).
In late June 2010, subscriber Hob Osterlund of Princeville, Hawaii, happened to see an adult White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) fly into the woods on the north shore of Kauai, the northernmost island of the main Hawaiian Islands.
Piano Sonata #5 in G, HOB 16/11.
DUNCAN — We're fast approaching the special night when hobgoblins and hobgoblinettes start hobbing around.
(OK, since I was a lil' sprout, I've thought hobgoblin was a cool name, although I've never figured out how one goes about hobbing.
8 pm Thursday, December 6, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 866-402-5837 or www.hob.com/houston.
The 23rd Annual Hob Nobble Gobble brought nearly 2,000 supporters to the "D.".
Halloween gala set at hob'Art Gallery in Hoboken.
Aspooky Saturday is in store for those who go to the hob'Art Gallery's Halloween Gala Party and Silent Auction Saturday night, Oct 27.
'Alternative Realities' opens at hob'art gallery in Hoboken.
"Alternative Realities" opens with a reception tomorrow from 5 pm to 8 pm at hob'art gallery, 720 Monroe St, Studio E208, Hoboken.
Gang of Four perform with Hollerado at the House of Blues, www.hob.com.
Just five months after they last touched down on Boston, mop-topped Brits the Arctic Monkeys stopped by the HoB this past Sunday, headlining a sold- out show with New Jersey power-punk trio the Screaming Females.
Symphony #87 in A, HOB 1/87.

In science:

Thus in our MCMC simulations to estimate the growth of structures we indeed use the effective open universe model with parameters Ωm,in ≡ Ωm (r = 0), Ωk,in ≡ Ωk (r = 0) and Hobs = Hin = H (0, t0 ).
Testing the Void against Cosmological data: fitting CMB, BAO, SN and H0
On the other hand, the above argumentation can be applied to F and one finds, in the large D limit, hF i = hOA iEA hOB +O′B iEB +hO′A iEA hOB −O′B iEB which is clearly between −2 and 2.
Effective separability of typical entangled many-body states
Write Hob (A) for the homotopy category of bounded complexes in A and Db (A) for the bounded derived category of A.
Derived equivalences and sl_2-categorifications for U_q(gl_n)
Theorem. [ChRo, Thm. 6.4]The complex Θ induces a self-equivalence of Hob (A) and of Db (A) and induces, by restriction, equivalences Hob (A−m ) ∼−→ Hob (Am ) and Db (A−m ) ∼−→ Db (Am ).
Derived equivalences and sl_2-categorifications for U_q(gl_n)
The complex of functors Θ induces a self-equivalence of Hob (O) and of Db (O).
Derived equivalences and sl_2-categorifications for U_q(gl_n)
By restriction Θ induces equivalences Hob (O−m ) ∼−→ Hob (Om ) and Db (O−m ) ∼−→ Db (Om ).
Derived equivalences and sl_2-categorifications for U_q(gl_n)
The complex of functors Θ induces a self-equivalence of Hob (C) and of Db (C).
Derived equivalences and sl_2-categorifications for U_q(gl_n)
By restriction Θ induces equivalences Hob (C−m ) ∼−→ Hob (Cm ) and Db (C−m ) ∼−→ Db (Cm ).
Derived equivalences and sl_2-categorifications for U_q(gl_n)