|1.||a. the floor of a fireplace, esp one that extends outwards into the room|
|b. (as modifier): hearth rug|
|2.||this part of a fireplace as a symbol of the home, etc|
|3.||the bottom part of a metallurgical furnace in which the molten metal is produced or contained|
|[Old English heorth; related to Old High German herd hearth, Latin carbō charcoal]|
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.