- the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room.
- home; fireside: the joys of family and hearth.
- the lower part of a blast furnace, cupola, etc., in which the molten metal collects and from which it is tapped out.
- the part of an open hearth, reverberatory furnace, etc., upon which the charge is placed and melted down or refined.
- a brazier or chafing dish for burning charcoal.
Origin of hearth
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Examples from the Web for hearth
Frederico leads the others around the hearth as they gently wash their faces with cupfuls of warm liquid.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine
August 29, 2014
Such Rambo-like defenses of home and hearth do not happen in real life, unless the home also happens to contain a meth lab.Obama Needs a 'Plan B' on Guns
February 18, 2013
As far as I know, this experience was shared by everyone else around the McArdle hearth.How Terrible Is Christmas?
December 26, 2012
Or that a Starbucks beverage comes straight from the hearth?Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin
October 17, 2012
I am love with the classics and Hearth is my hometown favorite.Fresh Picks
September 15, 2011
At the breakfast-table, comfortably near the hearth, sat Horace Milbrey.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The hearth bore a uniform appearance, and did not seem to have been tampered with.Brave and Bold
He certainly had warmed a snake on his hearth, and how was he to be rid of it?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Seizing the lamp from the hearth, she hastened to the window that overlooked the street-door.The Wives of The Dead
How it came, how it was passed from hearth to hearth, defied our penetration.In the Valley
- the floor of a fireplace, esp one that extends outwards into the room
- (as modifier)hearth rug
- this part of a fireplace as a symbol of the home, etc
- the bottom part of a metallurgical furnace in which the molten metal is produced or contained
Word Origin and History for hearth
Old English heorð "hearth, fire," in transferred use "house, home," from West Germanic *hertho "burning place" (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian herth, Middle Dutch hert, Dutch haard, German Herd "floor, ground, fireplace"), from PIE *kerta-, from root *ker- "heat, fire" (see carbon).