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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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