|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||recess fire chimney mantel hearthstone water_back fire_iron|
|2.||[ noun ] (housing) home symbolized as a part of the fireplace (synecdoche)|
"driven from hearth and home" "fighting in defense of their firesides"
|Related terms:||dwelling fireplace synecdoche|
|3.||[ noun ] an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)|
"they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire"