an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
"they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire"
home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
"driven from hearth and home"
"fighting in defense of their firesides"
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"
- open fireplace