noun an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
hearth; open fireplace.
- 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
- The part a chimney appropriated to the fire; a hearth; -- usually an open recess in a wall, in which a fire may be built.
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