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hearth

[hahrth] /hɑrθ/
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.
  1. the lower part of a blast furnace, cupola, etc., in which the molten metal collects and from which it is tapped out.
  2. 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
900
before 900; Middle English herth(e), Old English he(o)rth; cognate with German Herd, Dutch haard
Related forms
hearthless, adjective
multihearth, noun
Synonyms
2. household, abode, house.
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British Dictionary definitions for hearthless

hearth

/hɑːθ/
noun
1.
  1. the floor of a fireplace, esp one that extends outwards into the room
  2. (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
Word Origin
Old English heorth; related to Old High German herd hearth, Latin carbō charcoal
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Word Origin and History for hearthless

hearth

n.

Old English heorð "hearth, fire," in transferred use "house, home," from West Germanic *hertho "burning place" (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian herth, Middle Dutch hert, Dutch haard, German Herd "floor, ground, fireplace"), from PIE *kerta-, from root *ker- "heat, fire" (see carbon).

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hearthless in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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