• WordNet 3.6
    • n hearth 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"
    • n hearth home symbolized as a part of the fireplace "driven from hearth and home","fighting in defense of their firesides"
    • n hearth an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room) "they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hearth (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. "He had been importuned by the common people to relieve them from the . . . burden of the hearth money ."
    • Hearth The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside. "Household talk and phrases of the hearth ."
    • Hearth 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 unswept.
      There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hearth 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. That part of the hearth of a fireplace which is within the limits of the chimney is called the inner hearth; its continuation beyond these limits, as by a slab of stone, is the outer hearth.
    • n hearth The fireside; the domestic circle; the home.
    • n hearth In metallurgy: The floor in a reverberatory furnace on which the ore is exposed to the flame. See furnace.
    • n hearth The lowest part of a blast-furnace, through which the metal descends to the crucible. See furnace.
    • n hearth A bloomery.
    • n hearth Nautical, the grate and apparatus for cooking on board ship.
    • n hearth In soldering: An ordinary brazier or chafing-dish containing charcoal.
    • n hearth 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. It is provided with an airblast, and has a hood above, to gather smoke and gases and carry them to the chimney.
    • n hearth In glass manufacturing See flattening-hearth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hearth härth the part of the floor on which the fire is made: the fireside: the house itself: the home-circle: the lowest part of a blast-furnace: a brazier, chafing-dish, or fire-box
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  • Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford
    “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.”
  • Frank Tebbets
    Frank Tebbets
    “A life without love in it is like a heap of ashes upon a deserted hearth, with the fire dead, the laughter stilled and the light extinguished.”
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    “The Sun, the hearth of affection and life, pours burning love on the delighted earth.”


Home and hearth - 'Home and hearth' is an idiom evoking warmth and security.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heorð,; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. härd, G. herd,; cf. Goth. haúri, a coal, Icel. hyrr, embers, and L. cremare, to burn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heorð; Dut. haard, Ger. herd.


In literature:

Thus she seeks to mediate him with her country and her hearth.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Suddenly something dropped down the chimney behind them and smashed on the hearth, scattering the embers.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Abiah, with a troubled look, came to the hearth and leaned over it with one hand against the shelf.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Forcing his way to the fire, the sagacious animal laid his charge down upon the warm hearth, and immediately set off.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
The old negro "aunty," who had been dozing on a stool near the hearth, jumped to her rheumatic feet in consternation.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
But Gerhardt sat on, his eyes fixed on the cold hearth.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
Passion for the man, not yearning for the hearth-place, and the sheltering roof, and the security of marriage.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
When he opened his eyes again, he was sitting close by his own hearth, with the fire burnt low.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Then she took a little broom that stood near by, and tidied up the hearth.
"The Irish Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
On the floor of the hearth rug she had caught sight of some bits of blue silk left from Violet's sewing.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

I knew the shepherd; for a space
We rested by his hearth,
And saw the moorland on his face,
And in his honest mirth.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
No welcome at the door to wake
The silence into mirth;
No sound but that of winds that shake
The weeds upon the hearth.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
They traded with the careless earth,
And good return it gave:
They plotted by their neighbour's hearth
The means to make him slave.
"The Outlaws" by Rudyard Kipling
For spell and charm had power no more,
The spectres ceased to roam,
And scattered households knelt again
Around the hearths of home.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Men heard the thunder and the rain,
The tempest in his song,
They turned to their hearth fires again
And thought the night too long.
"The Hearer" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
Like the spark that upward springs,
They would seek your smiling hearth,
If my verses had the wings—
Wings such as a spirth hath.
"If My Verses Had The Wings" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

The challenge now is to find rustic European-style hearth -baked loaves.
Saveur Thyme at the hearth & Vine/ Tandem Ciders Smackentosh.
A time when turkey roasts on every hearth.
A suspended fireplace by Fire Orb provides a shared hearth for friends and family to gather around.
Everyone agreed it had to be done to save Lime Kiln — a site where three hearth kilns were part of a post-Civil War factory that made mortar and material for treating soil out of limestone.
The site of a stone and lime company more than 100 years ago, the restored hearth kilns and stone chimney make up the theater stage.
Creating a symbolic hearth for your celebration is easy.
Ancient Pompeii had more than 40 bakeries, whose style of domed oven is still used for hearth-baked breads.
A Meadville man's attempt to burglarize the Warm Home and Hearth store in Pleasantville goes horribly wrong.
Ltd, of Brisbane, Australia, manufacturer of stone hearth ovens for the commercial foodservice industry.
Amy Hill Hearth's 'Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society' shakes up a Southern town with a new arrival and misfits: New in Paperback.
Think of the Colony Pub & Grille, and images of a cozy dinner by the hearth come to mind.
Businesses put their creativity to use, creating unique wreaths to be auctioned off Friday as part of the first ever Deck the Hearth Wreath Event.
Lennox Hearth Products Montebello DLX Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace .
Kevin and Jennifer Blanchard of Willow Tree Florist and Landscaping have purchased Heart & Hearth in Norwood from florist Sally Sutter, who is retiring.

In science:

The Earth is like a spherical steel-hearth with a fluid iron-alloy core surrounded by a silicate mantle.
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System