A little girl sits by the hearth.
A fireplace and its surrounding area is an example of a hearth.
- the stone or brick floor of a fireplace, often extending out into the room
- the fireside as the center of family life
- family life; home
- the part of a brick oven, or of a blacksmith's forge, on which the fire rests
- the lowest part of a blast furnace, on which the molten metal and slag are deposited
- the floor of a furnace on which the ore or metal rests for exposure to the flame
Origin of hearthMiddle English herth from Old English heorth, akin to German herd from Indo-European base an unverified form ker-, to burn, glow from source Classical Latin carbo, coal, Lithuanian kárštas, hot
- a. The floor of a fireplace, usually extending into a room and paved with brick, flagstone, or cement.b. A fireplace: a blazing fire in the hearth.
- Family life; the home.
- Metallurgy a. The lowest part of a blast furnace or cupola, from which the molten metal flows.b. The bottom of a reverberatory furnace, where ore is exposed to the flame.
- The fireplace or brazier of a blacksmith's forge.
Origin of hearthMiddle English herth from Old English heorth ; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.