Hearth 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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  • hearth-money — hearthˈ money, hearthˈ penny or hearthˈ tax noun (historical) A tax on hearths • • • Main Entry: ↑hearth …   Useful english dictionary

  • hearth 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

  • hearth 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

  • hearth money — noun an annual contribution made by Roman Catholics to support the papal see • Syn: ↑Peter s pence • Hypernyms: ↑offering * * * noun 1. : peter s pence 2. : a 17th century English tax of two shillings o …   Useful english dictionary

  • hearth money — Peter Pe ter, n. A common baptismal name for a man. The name of one of the apostles, [1913 Webster] {Peter boat}, a fishing boat, sharp at both ends, originally of the Baltic Sea, but now common in certain English rivers. {Peter Funk}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hearth money — A duty or tax laid by the king upon the hearth of every dwelling; abolished in 1688 by the statute 1 W. & M., st. 1, c. 10. See 1 Bl Comm 324 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • hearth money — annual voluntary contribution that Roman Catholics give toward the expenses of the papal, Peter s pence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hearth ends — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hearth penny — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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