What does hearth mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fireplace, hearth, open fireplacenoun

    an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

    "the fireplace was so large you could walk inside it"; "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it"; "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires"

  2. hearth, firesidenoun

    home symbolized as a part of the fireplace

    "driven from hearth and home"; "fighting in defense of their firesides"

  3. hearth, firesidenoun

    an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)

    "they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire"


  1. Hearthnoun

    (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.


  1. hearthnoun

    A brick, stone or cement floor to a fireplace or oven

  2. hearthnoun

    An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire may be built

  3. hearthnoun

    The lowest part of a metallurgical furnace

  4. hearthnoun

    A symbol for home or family life

  5. hearthnoun

    A household or group following the modern pagan faith of Heathenry.

  6. Etymology: Old English heorþ, from herþaz, from ker-. Cognate with Dutch haard, German Herd, Swedish härd.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hearthnoun

    The pavement of a room in which a fire is made; the ground under the chimney.

    Hoop’d out of Rome: now this extremity
    Hath brought me to this hearth. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Cricket, to Windsor chimneys shalt thou leap,
    Whereas thou find’st unrak’d, and hearths unswept,
    There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. William Shakespeare.

    Good luck befriend thee, son; for at thy birth
    The fairy ladies danc’d upon the hearth. John Milton.

    The vanquish’d fires withdraw from every place;
    Or, full with feeding, sink into a sleep:
    Each houshold genius shews again its face,
    And from the hearths the little lares creep. Dryden.



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  1. hearth

    A hearth is a brick or stone lined floor or fireplace where fires are made, traditionally used for heating and cooking. In a broader, metaphorical sense, it can also refer to a home itself, particularly the family life and domestic comfort symbolized by the concept of sitting around a hearth fire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hearthnoun

    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

  2. Hearthnoun

    the house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside

  3. Hearthnoun

    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

  4. Etymology: [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. hrd, G. herd; cf. Goth. hari a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.]


  1. Hearth

    In historic and modern usage, a hearth is a brick- or stone-lined fireplace, with or without an oven, used for heating and originally also used for cooking food. For centuries, the hearth was such an integral part of a home, usually its central and most important feature, that the concept has been generalized to refer to a homeplace or household, as in the terms "hearth and home" and "keep the home fires burning". In a medieval hall, the hearth commonly stood in the middle of the hall, with the smoke rising through the room to a vent in the roof. Later, such hearths were moved to the side of the room and provided with a chimney. In fireplace design, the hearth is the part of the fireplace where the fire burns, usually consisting of masonry at floor level or higher, underneath the fireplace mantel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hearth

    härth, n. the part of the floor on which the fire is made: the fireside: the house itself: the home-circle: the lowest part of a blast-furnace: a brazier, chafing-dish, or fire-box.—ns. Hearth′-mon′ey, Hearth′-penn′y, Hearth′-tax, a tax in England, formerly laid upon hearths; Hearth′-rug, a rug used for covering the hearth-stone; Hearth′-stone, a stone forming a hearth, the fireside: a soft stone used for whitening hearths, doorsteps, &c. [A.S. heorð; Dut. haard, Ger. herd.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hearth

    Applied to the ship's fire-place, coppers, and galley generally.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hearth is ranked #86981 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hearth surname appeared 214 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hearth.

    95.3% or 204 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hearth in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hearth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hearth in a Sentence

  1. Vincent Van Gogh:

    One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.

  2. Jared Polis:

    I know this is a hard time in your life if you’ve lost everything, or you don’t even know what you lost, a few days ago you were celebrating Christmas at home and hanging your stockings and now home and hearth have been destroyed.

  3. Abraham Lincoln:

    We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

  4. Fernandez de Andrada:

    For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.

  5. Oliver Mueller-Heubach:

    They are placed near a hearth so the heat of the fire heats the nails, which helps trap and hold evil spirits.

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