from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The floor of a fireplace, usually extending into a room and paved with brick, flagstone, or cement.
- n. Family life; the home.
- n. Metallurgy The lowest part of a blast furnace or cupola, from which the molten metal flows.
- n. Metallurgy The bottom of a reverberatory furnace, where ore is exposed to the flame.
- n. The fireplace or brazier of a blacksmith's forge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brick, stone or cement floor to a fireplace or oven.
- n. An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire may be built.
- n. The lowest part of a metallurgical furnace.
- n. A symbol for home or family life.
- n. A household or group following the modern pagan faith of Heathenry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That part of the floor of a room on which the fire is made, or upon or above which a receptacle for the fire rests: generally a pavement or floor of brick or stone below an opening in the chimney, as in a fireplace.
- n. The fireside; the domestic circle; the home.
- n. In metallurgy: The floor in a reverberatory furnace on which the ore is exposed to the flame. See furnace.
- n. The lowest part of a blast-furnace, through which the metal descends to the crucible. See furnace.
- n. A bloomery.
- n. Nautical, the grate and apparatus for cooking on board ship.
- n. In soldering: An ordinary brazier or chafing-dish containing charcoal.
- n. An iron box, about 2 feet by 1 foot 6 inches deep, sunk in the middle of a flat iron plate or table, measuring about 4 feet by 3 feet.
- n. In glass manufacturing See flattening-hearth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
- n. home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
- n. an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
Behind the hearth is a recess in the wall to contain cooking utensils.
The walk-in hearth or settle fireplace (with a bench at either side of the hearth) was common.
Her face was wrapped in the folds of her cloak, but I heard her whisper, as if to herself: 'No! no! That old hearth is not a lodestone.
Time and tide wait for no man; brains may throb, and hearts may ache or break, but the world rolls on just the same, for weal and woe, whether the grim skeleton that comes an unbidden guest on so many a man's hearth is shrouded in elegance or bare in all its appalling hideousness.
His fine sonnets to Liberty, and indeed, all his pieces which have any reference to political interest, remind me of the spirit in which Schiller has conceived the character of William Tell, a calm, single hearted herdsman of the hills, breaking forth into fiery and indignant eloquence, when the sanctity of his hearth is invaded.
I am never domesticated in lodgings the hearth is unhallowed & the
In other words, replace the word hearth/home with WORK, and I agree.
But now I know these things, which are things I have learnedin the school of the ruined hearth, which is held in both our rooms, where a fire sharedis the cheapest fire of all.
I have one small area that I call the hearth room.
A wood fire in the hearth is a little household sun.