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Noun: hearth  haa(r)th
  1. An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
    "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it"; "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires";
    - fireplace, open fireplace
     
  2. Home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
    "driven from hearth and home";
    - fireside
     
  3. An area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
    "they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire";
    - fireside

Derived forms: hearths

Type of: abode, area, country, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home, niche, recess

Part of: chimney

Encyclopedia: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association