Hoary bat(Zoöl.), an American bat having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.

(Ho"at*zin) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Hoazin.

(Hoax) n. [Prob. contr. fr. hocus, in hocus-pocus.] A deception for mockery or mischief; a deceptive trick or story; a practical joke. Macaulay.

(Hoax), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoaxed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hoaxing.] To deceive by a story or a trick, for sport or mischief; to impose upon sportively. Lamb.

(Hoax"er) n. One who hoaxes.

(Hoa"zin) n. (Zoöl.) A remarkable South American bird (Opisthocomus cristatus); the crested touraco. By some zoölogists it is made the type of a distinct order

(Hob) n. [Prob. akin to hump. Cf. Hub. ]

1. The hub of a wheel. See Hub. Washington.

2. The flat projection or iron shelf at the side of a fire grate, where things are put to be kept warm. Smart.

3. (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), n. [Orig. an abbrev. of Robin, Robert; Robin Goodfellow a celebrated fairy, or domestic spirit. Cf. Hobgoblin, and see Robin. ]

1. A fairy; a sprite; an elf. [Obs.]

From elves, hobs, and fairies, . . .
Defend us, good Heaven !
Beau. & FL.

2. A countryman; a rustic; a clown. [Obs.] Nares.

(Hob"a*nob` Hob"and*nob`), v. i. Same as Hobnob. Tennyson.

(Hob"bism) n. The philosophical system of Thomas Hobbes, an English materialist (1588- 1679); esp., his political theory that the most perfect form of civil government is an absolute monarchy with despotic control over everything relating to law, morals, and religion.

(Hob"bist) n. One who accepts the doctrines of Thomas Hobbes.

(Hob"ble) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hobbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hobbling ] [OE. hobelen, hoblen, freq. of hoppen to hop; akin to D. hobbelen, hoblen, hoppeln. See Hop to jump, and cf. Hopple ]

1. To walk lame, bearing chiefly on one leg; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches.

The friar was hobbling the same way too.

2. To move roughly or irregularly; — said of style in writing. Prior.

The hobbling versification, the mean diction.

(Hob"ble), v. t.

5. (Zoöl.) Of a pale silvery gray.

6. (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.

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