from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The grate to hold the fuel in common use in domestic fireplaces and in many forms of heaters and furnaces.


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  • Thus the measure of a poker is not its power to add lustre to a brass-finished fire-grate, but to poke and rake a fire.

    The Money Muddle

  • At one end of this ghastly apartment was a large fire-grate, over the top of which were stretched some transverse iron bars, half devoured with rust.


  • He sat from morning to night looking at the empty fire-grate, and hardly ventured to speak of the ordeal that he had to undergo.

    The Three Clerks

  • Whilst he was out, I made a quick inspection of the fire-grate and the desk.

    The Vesuvius Club

  • I swung the dark-lantern around and brought its feeble light to bear on the fire-grate, which was revealed to contain a quantity of blackened paper.

    The Vesuvius Club

  • Whereupon something which he had taken from his waistcoat-pocket was thrown violently into the fender, beneath the fire-grate.

    Can You Forgive Her?

  • Crilly finished his bread and jam and threw the hard crust into the empty fire-grate.


  • In a state of nature they hybernate; but when kept in a room, a favourite resort in cold weather was among the ashes under a fire-grate.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood Historical, Anecdotal, Physiographical, and Archaeological, with Other Matter

  • High speed requires great power, and great power can only be obtained by ample fire-grate area, which for a steady running engine means a broad gauge.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 458, October 11, 1884

  • You do not require that I should tell you that when you have no oven you can easily roast your potatoes by placing them on the hobs, bars, and under the fire-grate; and if you are attentive to their being well roasted, by turning them about now and then, so that they may be done all over alike, you need not be deprived of a baked potato for the want of an oven.

    A Plain Cookery Book for the Working Classes


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