\ˈhärth \

Definition of hearth 

1a : 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 longed for the comforts of hearth and home

3 : a vital or creative center the central hearth of occidental civilization— A. L. Kroeber

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Examples of hearth in a Sentence

They swept the ashes from the hearth. all were welcome, friends and strangers alike, to their humble hearth

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By the turn of the century, the Siemens-Martin process, also known as the open hearth process, had caught on all over the world. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Around back are a small kitchen, a full bath, and a keeping room with an enormous stone hearth. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 Women and children nearest the hearth paid the greatest price. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 But finding evidence of the earliest regular use of fire is fraught with difficulty, as identifying ancient hearths is not always straightforward. Andrew C. Scott, Time, "When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By 'Discover'," 1 June 2018 One wall is dedicated to a large fireplace that has a fleur de lis imprint inside the hearth and an original mahogany mantle. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Lush shade garden is a hidden gem in this Old Louisville mansion," 24 May 2018 The third story underscores this philosophy: one giant room encompassing the kitchen, dining room, living room, hearth and, outside, a terrace and little tub of a pool. Lauren Collins, New York Times, "Inside an Artfully Imperfect Home in the Catalonian Countryside," 11 May 2018 Homes also feature a tiled fireplace with an inlaid parquet hearth and an oversized Trek deck. Margaret Demarino, courant.com, "Property of the Week: Harvest Village, Newington," 7 Sep. 2017 Vesta was first discovered in 1807 and was named after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home, who is sister to Ceres – the name of the largest asteroid in the belt, which measures 587 miles in diameter. Fox News, "'Monster' asteroid 4 times than the UK is so close to Earth you can see it - and here's how," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of hearth

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hearth

Middle English herth, from Old English heorth; akin to Old High German herd hearth, and probably to Sanskrit kūḍayāti he scorches

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English Language Learners Definition of hearth

: the floor in front of or inside a fireplace


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Kids Definition of hearth

1 : an area (as of brick) in front of a fireplace

2 : the floor of a fireplace

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