What does the word hearth mean?

Usage examples for hearth

  1. Sure the wind blew into it, ' says he, 'an' the rain was comin' through the roof, an' there wasn't as much fire on the hearth as 'ud warm a fly itself. – North, South and Over the Sea by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  2. Now come outside and I'll tell you why I wanted you to sit at that hearth, for luck." – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  3. Joan was making the evening meal, John sat upon the hearth, and Denas, with her knitting in her hands, was by his side. – A Singer from the Sea by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr