noun Etymology: Middle English herth, from Old English heorth; akin to Old High German herd hearth, and probably to Sanskrit kūḍayāti he scorches Date: before 12th century 1. a. a brick, stone, or concrete area in front of a fireplace b. the floor of a fireplace; also fireplace c. the lowest section of a furnace; especially the section of a furnace on which the ore or metal is exposed to the flame or heat 2. home 3. a vital or creative center <
the central hearth of occidental civilization — A. L. Kroeber

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Hearth — with cooking utensils In common historic and modern usage, a hearth (  / …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — [ harθ ] noun count the floor of a FIREPLACE in a house and the area around it: a log fire roaring in the hearth hearth and home LITERARY used for referring to your home and family …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hearth — [ha:θ US ha:rθ] n [: Old English; Origin: heorth] 1.) the area of floor around a ↑fireplace in a house 2.) hearth and home literary your home and family …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hearth — O.E. heorð hearth, fire, in transferred use house, home, from W.Gmc. *hertho burning place (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. herth, M.Du. hert, Du. haard, Ger. Herd floor, ground, fireplace ), from PIE *kerta , from root *ker heat, fire (see C …   Etymology dictionary

  • hearth — hearth; hearth·less; …   English syllables

  • Hearth — Hearth. См. Горн. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • hearth — ► NOUN 1) the floor or surround of a fireplace (often used as a symbol of domestic comfort). 2) the base or lower part of a furnace, where molten metal collects. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • hearth — [härth] n. [ME herth < OE heorth, akin to Ger herd < IE base * ker , to burn, glow > L carbo, coal, Lith kárštas, hot] 1. the stone or brick floor of a fireplace, often extending out into the room 2. a) the fireside as the center of… …   English World dictionary

  • hearth — [[t]hɑ͟ː(r)θ[/t]] hearths 1) N COUNT The hearth is the floor of a fireplace, which sometimes extends into the room. It was winter and there was a huge fire roaring in the hearth. 2) PHRASE A person s home and family life can be referred to as… …   English dictionary

  • hearth — UK [hɑː(r)θ] / US [hɑrθ] noun [countable] Word forms hearth : singular hearth plural hearths the floor of a fireplace in a house and the area around it a log fire roaring in the hearth • hearth and home …   English dictionary

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