Definition of hob noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɒb//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɑːb//
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  1. 1(British English) (North American English stovetop
    BrE BrE//ˈstəʊvtɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstoʊvtɑːp//
    the top part of a cooker where food is cooked in pans; a similar surface that is built into a kitchen unit and is separate from the oven an electric/a gas hob a ceramic hob A pan of soup was simmering on the hob. The wok can be used on both gas or electric hobs.
  2. 2a metal shelf at the side of a fire, used in the past for heating pans, etc. on
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally referring to a peg or pin used in throwing games): alteration of hub. Sense (2), ‘metal shelf by a fireplace’, dates from the late 17th cent.

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