[syn: hearth, fireside]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hearth \Hearth\ (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS.
heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h[aum]rd, G. herd;
cf. Goth. ha['u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare
1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a
chimney, on which a fire is made; the floor of a
fireplace; also, a corresponding part of a stove.
There was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
Where fires thou find'st unraked and hearths
There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. --Shak.
2. The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates
and of hospitality to strangers; fireside.
Household talk and phrases of the hearth.
3. (Metal. & Manuf.) The floor of a furnace, on which the
material to be heated lies, or the lowest part of a
melting furnace, into which the melted material settles;
as, an open-hearth smelting furnace.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Hearth ends (Metal.), fragments of lead ore ejected from
the furnace by the blast.
Hearth money, Hearth penny [AS. heor[eth]pening], a tax
formerly laid in England on hearths, each hearth (in all
houses paying the church and poor rates) being taxed at
two shillings; -- called also chimney money, etc.
He had been importuned by the common people to
relieve them from the . . . burden of the hearth
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a
fire can be built; "the fireplace was so large you could
walk inside it"; "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it";
"the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires"
[syn: fireplace, hearth, open fireplace]
2: home symbolized as a part of the fireplace; "driven from
hearth and home"; "fighting in defense of their firesides"
[syn: hearth, fireside]
3: an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out
into a room); "they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves
before the fire" [syn: hearth, fireside]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "hearth":
ancestral halls, brood, children, chimney, chimney corner, family,
family homestead, fender, fire screen, fireboard, fireguard,
fireplace, fireside, flue, folks, foyer, get, hearth and home,
hearthstone, hob, home, home place, home roof, home sweet home,
homefolks, homestead, house, household, hub, ingle, inglenook,
ingleside, issue, menage, offspring, paternal roof, people, roof,
rooftree, smokehole, toft
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Heb. ah (Jer. 36:22, 23; R.V., "brazier"), meaning a large pot
like a brazier, a portable furnace in which fire was kept in the
king's winter apartment.
Heb. kiyor (Zech. 12:6; R.V., "pan"), a fire-pan.
Heb. moqed (Ps. 102:3; R.V., "fire-brand"), properly a fagot.
Heb. yaqud (Isa. 30:14), a burning mass on a hearth.