chimney money
Hearth Hearth (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h["a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha['u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

There was a fire on the hearth burning before him. --Jer. xxxvi. 22. [1913 Webster]

Where fires thou find'st unraked and hearths unswept. There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside. [1913 Webster]

Household talk and phrases of the hearth. --Tennyson.

3. (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. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Hearth ends} (Metal.), fragments of lead ore ejected from the furnace by the blast.

{Hearth money}, {Hearth penny} [AS. heor[eth]pening], a tax formerly laid in England on hearths, each hearth (in all houses paying the church and poor rates) being taxed at two shillings; -- called also {chimney money}, etc. [1913 Webster]

He had been importuned by the common people to relieve them from the . . . burden of the hearth money. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • Chimney money — Chimney Chim ney, n.; pl. {Chimneys}. [F. chemin[ e]e, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. ? furnace, oven.] 1. A fireplace or hearth. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a building which contains the smoke… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chimney money — chimney money, or hearth money A tax levied in England by St. 14 Car. II, c. 10, consisting of two shillings on every hearth or stove in the kingdom. It was extremely unpopular, and was abolished by 1 W. & M., St. 1, c. 10. This tax was otherwise …   Black's law dictionary

  • chimney money — chimney money, or hearth money A tax levied in England by St. 14 Car. II, c. 10, consisting of two shillings on every hearth or stove in the kingdom. It was extremely unpopular, and was abolished by 1 W. & M., St. 1, c. 10. This tax was otherwise …   Black's law dictionary

  • chimney money — noun : hearth money * * * chimney money, hearth money; a tax formerly levied in England, the amount depending on the number of chimneys in a house …   Useful english dictionary

  • chimney-money — noun A tax formerly paid on all chimneys in England …   Wiktionary

  • chimney-money — An ancient English tax which was laid on chimneys …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • Chimney — Chim ney, n.; pl. {Chimneys}. [F. chemin[ e]e, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. ? furnace, oven.] 1. A fireplace or hearth. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a building which contains the smoke flues; esp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chimney board — Chimney Chim ney, n.; pl. {Chimneys}. [F. chemin[ e]e, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. ? furnace, oven.] 1. A fireplace or hearth. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a building which contains the smoke… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chimney cap — Chimney Chim ney, n.; pl. {Chimneys}. [F. chemin[ e]e, LL. caminata, fr. L. caminus furnace, fireplace, Gr. ? furnace, oven.] 1. A fireplace or hearth. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a building which contains the smoke… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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