hearthstone


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hearth·stone

 (härth′stōn′)
n.
1. Stone used in the construction of a hearth.
2. Family life; the home.
3. A soft stone or composition of pipe clay and pulverized stone used for scouring and whitening hearths or doorsteps.

hearthstone

(ˈhɑːθˌstəʊn)
n
1. (Building) a stone that forms a hearth
2. a less common word for hearth1
3. (Chemistry) soft stone used to clean and whiten floors, steps, etc

hearth•stone

(ˈhɑrθˌstoʊn)

n.
1. a stone forming a hearth.
2. home; hearth.
[1275–1325]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hearthstone - a stone that forms a hearth
fireplace, hearth, open fireplace - 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"
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"
References in classic literature ?
In the gates of these your councils my people shall sing, In the doors of these your garners the Bat-folk shall cling; And the snake shall be your watchman, By a hearthstone unswept; For the Karela, the bitter Karela, Shall fruit where ye slept!
The port would fain give succor; the port is pitiful; in the port is safety, comfort, hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all that's kind to our mortalities.
By doing this, you set in motion the hidden machinery in the wall which turns the hearthstone on a pivot, and discloses the hollow place below.
Then she turned slowly back to the glow of her own radiant hearthstone.
I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress the canine mother, who had left her nursery, and was sneaking wolfishly to the back of my legs, her lip curled up, and her white teeth watering for a snatch.
A sad sight for the poor gypsy, a foundling, condemned to death, an unhappy creature, without country, without family, without a hearthstone.
The very furniture of the room seemed to mellow and deepen in its tone; the ceiling and walls looked blacker and more highly polished, the curtains of a ruddier red; the fire burnt clear and high, and the crickets in the hearthstone chirped with a more than wonted satisfaction.
At this time the coach was ready and the coachman impatient, and we were all preparing to get up, and the prisoners had come over with their keeper - bringing with them that curious flavour of bread-poultice, baize, rope-yarn, and hearthstone, which attends the convict presence.
Tulkinghorn is as imperturbable as the hearthstone to which he has quietly walked.
The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone 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.
With cartridges for the revolver she might hope to bag small game, and to protect herself from all but the most ferocious of the enemies that would beset her way back to the beloved hearthstone of Bwana and My Dear.
You may sit you down in my chair on the hearthstone, if you will.