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  • n. The front stick of a fire in a hearth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Front stick of a hearth fire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The front stick lying on the andirons in a wood fire.


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fore- +‎ stick


  • These are occasionally brought into higher relief by the white flashes, as the boys throw handfuls of hickory shavings onto the forestick, or punch the back log with the long iron peel, while wishing they had as

    The Old Coast Road From Boston to Plymouth

  • Before the forestick had burned in two, she heard him coming, but he was not alone.

    Country Neighbors

  • In the morning a buckeye backlog, a hickory forestick, resting on stones, with a johnny cake on a clean ash board, set before the fire to bake; a frying pan with its long handle resting on a splint-bottom chair, and a teakettle swung from a log pole, with myself setting the table, or turning the meat.

    A Brief History of the United States

  • "That 's so every time!" he would say, with a lunge at the forestick.

    The Village Watch-Tower

  • During the winter, when the large back-log, often as much as two men could handle, was brought in and fixed in its place, and a good forestick put on the andirons, with well-split maple piled upon it and set ablaze with dry pine and chips, the old fire-place became aglow with cheerful fire, and dispensed its heat through the room.

    Life in Canada Fifty Years Ago

  • Of a green scrub-ellum forestick with a vicious pair of tongs,

    Riley Farm-Rhymes

  • They brought in the materials for an old-fashioned fire, backlog, forestick, and crowsticks, and presently seated themselves before a crackling blaze.

    A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches

  • "I believe in young folks makin 'all they can o' theirselves," announced Martin, puffing hard at his pipe and drawing a little farther still from the fireplace, because the scorching red coals had begun to drop beneath the forestick.

    A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches

  • The great oak back-log had required the strength of four men to heave it into its place; and above that lay another log scarcely less in size; while the forestick was no mean bough of the same tree.

    Poganuc People: Their Loves and Lives

  • Backlog and forestick were soon piled and kindlings laid, and the fire roared and snapped and crackled up the ample chimney.

    Poganuc People: Their Loves and Lives


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    January 28, 2010