hearth

[ hahrth ]
/ hɑrθ /

noun

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.
Metallurgy.
  1. the lower part of a blast furnace, cupola, etc., in which the molten metal collects and from which it is tapped out.
  2. 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

before 900; Middle English herth(e), Old English he(o)rth; cognate with German Herd, Dutch haard

Related forms

hearth·less, adjectivemul·ti·hearth, noun
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hearth

/ (hɑːθ) /

noun

  1. the floor of a fireplace, esp one that extends outwards into the room
  2. (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 for hearth

Old English heorth; related to Old High German herd hearth, Latin carbō charcoal
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