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  Dictionary Definition of hob

hob [1]
noun
1. a projection or shelf around a fireplace, where kettles, saucepans, etc. may be heated.
2. a flat heated surface of a stove, especially a fuel stove, for the same purpose.
3. a rounded peg or pin used as a target in certain games, as quoits.
4. any of these games.
5. the hardened-steel master tool used in hobbing.
[var. of obs. hub hob (in a fireplace); ? same as HUB ]