- the part of a chimney that opens into a room and in which fuel is burned; hearth.
- any open structure, usually of masonry, for keeping a fire, as at a campsite.
Origin of fireplace
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When she turned back to the fireplace her hands were trembling.
He would keep her from putting it into just such foolishnesses as this fireplace.
Only when it came to the fireplace did she make a last stand.
- an open recess in a wall of a room, at the base of a chimney, etc, for a fire; hearth
- Australian an authorized place or installation for outside cooking, esp by a roadside
Word Origin and History for fireplace
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