hearth

[hahrth]
noun
1.
the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room.
2.
home; fireside: the joys of family and hearth.
3.
Metallurgy.
a.
the lower part of a blast furnace, cupola, etc., in which the molten metal collects and from which it is tapped out. See diag. under blast furnace.
b.
the part of an open hearth, reverberatory furnace, etc., upon which the charge is placed and melted down or refined.
4.
a brazier or chafing dish for burning charcoal.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English herth(e), Old English he(o)rth; cognate with German Herd, Dutch haard

hearthless, adjective
multihearth, noun


2. household, abode, house.
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hearth (hɑːθ)
 
n
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]

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Word Origin & History

hearth
O.E. heorð, from W.Gmc. *kherthaz "burning place" (cf. O.Fris. herth, M.Du. hert, Ger. Herd "floor, ground, fireplace"), from PIE *ker- "to singe, burn, glow" (see carbon).
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Hearth definition


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.

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