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English noun: hearth

1. hearth (artifact) an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsfireplace, open fireplace

Broader (hypernym)niche, recess

Narrower (hyponym)fire

Part holonymchimneypiece, fire iron, fireside, hearth, hearthstone, mantel, mantelpiece, mantle, mantlepiece, water back

Part meronymchimney

2. hearth (artifact) home symbolized as a part of the fireplace

SamplesDriven from hearth and home.
Fighting in defense of their firesides.


Broader (hypernym)abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home

Part meronymfireplace, hearth, open fireplace

Domain usagesynecdoche

3. hearth (location) an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)

SamplesThey sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire.


Broader (hypernym)area, country

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