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fire screen

a screen placed in front of a fireplace for protection, especially from sparks.
Origin of fire screen
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mrs. Nightingale was sitting with her back to the light sheltering her eyes from the blaze with a fire-screen.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Would you hand me down that fire-screen off the chimney-piece?

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • She set her fire-screen down on the chimney-piece, and spoke with tenderness in every tone of her voice.

    Father Goriot Honore de Balzac
  • There was a table, too, graceful and gay as the chairs, and a fire-screen of fine needlework.

  • The grate, fire-screen, and poker remain as they were fifty-one years ago.

  • He had taken up a fire-screen, and was looking intently at the gauze.

    A Woman of Thirty Honore de Balzac
  • First and foremost there was a piece of framed tapestry that was evidently meant to be a fire-screen.

  • I just scrunched them up in my hand and dropped them behind the fire-screen.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • And thereupon his hand came upon other objects on the floor: a small table, a fire-screen.

    The Blonde Lady Maurice Leblanc
  • Her eyes wandered to the figures on the fire-screen, faintly visible by the light of the dying logs.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
British Dictionary definitions for fire-screen

fire screen

a decorative screen placed in the hearth when there is no fire
a screen placed before a fire to protect the face from intense heat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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