- 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.
Origin of hearth
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|Brandon Presser|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such Rambo-like defenses of home and hearth do not happen in real life, unless the home also happens to contain a meth lab.
As far as I know, this experience was shared by everyone else around the McArdle hearth.
Or that a Starbucks beverage comes straight from the hearth?
I am love with the classics and Hearth is my hometown favorite.
The sitting-room was in dusk, and, as she entered, the firelight showed the huge body of the general lying upon the hearth rug.The Voice of the People|Ellen Glasgow
Poverty stood at his hearth,—when Viola's grateful smile and liberal hand came to chase the grim fiend away.Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
As he approached the chimney-side, a huge wolfhound lying upon the hearth half rose upon its haunches.The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
A clear fire burned on the hearth, sending large sheets of light dancing on ceiling and walls.Therese Raquin|Emile Zola
How such a viper came to warm itself on the bishop's hearth no one could say.The Bishop's Secret|Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for hearth
- the floor of a fireplace, esp one that extends outwards into the room
- (as modifier)hearth rug
Word Origin for hearth
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).