from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The floor of a fireplace, usually extending into a room and paved with brick, flagstone, or cement.
- noun A fireplace.
- noun Family life; the home.
- noun The lowest part of a blast furnace or cupola, from which the molten metal flows.
- noun The bottom of a reverberatory furnace, where ore is exposed to the flame.
- noun The fireplace or brazier of a blacksmith's forge.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun That part of the floor of a room on which the fire is made, or upon or above which a receptacle for the fire rests: generally a pavement or floor of brick or stone below an opening in the chimney, as in a fireplace.
- noun The fireside; the domestic circle; the home.
- noun In metallurgy: The floor in a reverberatory furnace on which the ore is exposed to the flame. See
- noun The lowest part of a blast-furnace, through which the metal descends to the crucible. See
- noun A bloomery.
- noun Nautical, the grate and apparatus for cooking on board ship.
- noun In soldering: An ordinary brazier or chafing-dish containing charcoal.
- noun An iron box, about 2 feet by 1 foot 6 inches deep, sunk in the middle of a flat iron plate or table, measuring about 4 feet by 3 feet.
- noun In glass manufacturing See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a chimney, on which a fire is made; the floor of a fireplace; also, a corresponding part of a stove.
- noun The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside.
- noun (Metal. & Manuf.) The floor of a furnace, on which the material to be heated lies, or the lowest part of a melting furnace, into which the melted material settles.
- noun (Metal.) fragments of lead ore ejected from the furnace by the blast.
- noun tax formerly laid in England on hearths, each hearth (in all houses paying the church and poor rates) being taxed at two shillings; -- called also
chimney money, etc.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
brick, stoneor cement floorto a fireplaceor oven.
- noun An open
recessin a wallat the baseof a chimneywhere a firemay be built.
- noun The lowest part of a
- noun A
symbolfor homeor family life.
- noun paganism A household or group following the modern pagan faith of
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
- noun home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
- noun an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Behind the hearth is a recess in the wall to contain cooking utensils.
High Albania Mary Edith 1909
The walk-in hearth or settle fireplace (with a bench at either side of the hearth) was common.
Gutenber-e Help Page 2005
Her face was wrapped in the folds of her cloak, but I heard her whisper, as if to herself: 'No! no! That old hearth is not a lodestone.
The Filigree Ball 1903
Time and tide wait for no man; brains may throb, and hearts may ache or break, but the world rolls on just the same, for weal and woe, whether the grim skeleton that comes an unbidden guest on so many a man's hearth is shrouded in elegance or bare in all its appalling hideousness.
Hagar's Daughter: A Story of Southern Caste Prejudice Pauline Elizabeth 1902
His fine sonnets to Liberty, and indeed, all his pieces which have any reference to political interest, remind me of the spirit in which Schiller has conceived the character of William Tell, a calm, single hearted herdsman of the hills, breaking forth into fiery and indignant eloquence, when the sanctity of his hearth is invaded.
I am never domesticated in lodgings the hearth is unhallowed & the
Letter 168 1796
In other words, replace the word hearth/home with WORK, and I agree.
But now I know these things, which are things I have learnedin the school of the ruined hearth, which is held in both our rooms, where a fire sharedis the cheapest fire of all.
I have one small area that I call the hearth room.
A wood fire in the hearth is a little household sun.
Wildwood Roger Deakin 2009