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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Definitions for hearth

  1. home; fireside: the joys of family and hearth.
  2. the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room.
  3. Metallurgy. a. the lower part of a blast furnace, cupola, etc., in which the molten metal collects and from which it is tapped out. b. the part of an open hearth, reverberatory furnace, etc., upon which the charge is placed and melted down or refined.

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Citations for hearth
May health and happiness dwell at our hearth. Margot Livesey, Eva Moves the Furniture, 2001
We will kindle the cheerful glow of our hearth at eventide, and be happy in its light. Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Great Carbuncle," New-England Magazine, December 1835
Origin of hearth
Modern English hearth closely resembles Old English heorth and has kindred forms throughout Germanic: Old Frisian herth, Old High German herth, Old Saxon herth, German Herd, and Dutch haard. There are other words outside Germanic that are not so obviously related (perhaps not related at all), such as Latin carbō (stem carbon-) “coal (dead or burning), charcoal.” Hearth dates from the Old English period.
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