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fireplace

Definitions

  • Fireplace in White Horse, Shere
    Fireplace in White Horse, Shere
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three children holding firewood, in front of the fireplace with a cat Three children holding firewood, in front of the fireplace with a cat
Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on a white background Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on...
The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery, glassware, fireplace tools, and kitchen accessories—were unearthed on this historic island. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) The interior of a small Jamestown house, about 1650. Although the painting is conjectural, many items shown—pottery,...
A few fireplace tools unearthed at Jamestown A few fireplace tools unearthed at Jamestown
A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise...
Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The tiles were made in Holland almost 300 years ago Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The...
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FIREPLACE AND OAK PANELLING FIREPLACE AND OAK PANELLING

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fireplace 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fireplace The part of a chimney which opens into an apartment, and in which fuel is burned; in a restricted sense, a place for a fire in which the fuel is supported on andirons or is placed upon the hearth. The bottom or floor of the fireplace is called the hearth, sometimes the inner hearth; a broad flat stone placed in front of the hearth is called the slab or outer hearth. The vertical sides of the fireplace-opening are termed the jambs, and the lintel which lies on them is called the mantel. The part of the wall immediately above the mantel is called the breast, and the wall behind the fireplace the back. The tube which conveys the smoke from the fireplace to the top of the chimney is called the flue. The fireplace-cavity being much wider than the flue, they are joined by a tapering portion, at the narrowest part of which there is often a damper for regulating the draft. The fuel is burned on andirons or, if coal, in an iron receptacle or grate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fireplace the place in a house appropriated to the fire: a hearth
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Quotations

  • Teiga
    Teiga
    “To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “There is no place more delightful than one's own fireplace.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.

Usage

In literature:

Personally, such a fireplace does not appeal to me, but there are other people who like the novelty of such a fireplace, and Fig.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
On each side of the fireplace was a row of tiles.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
But what drew Chris's eyes and made them grow round with wonder was the extraordinary figure in front of the fireplace.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
Under each mirror was a fireplace.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
At the further end of it Thady was seated, with a lighted pipe in his mouth, and a tumbler of punch on the shelf over the fireplace.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
In the south front room blue tiles depicting Elizabethan knights and their ladies surround the fireplace opening.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
Lamps were unknown to our simple folk, so the light of the fireplace was all they had to read by.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
This completes the shanty, but a bunk and fireplace are usually added.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The crowning architectural feature of my mansion was the corner fireplace, raised of the native granite bowlders.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
A fireplace occupies the foreground at the left.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
We want a fireplace and a cooky-jar of our own; a place to bring our friends and have good times.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
A clock with two quarter boys beside the large fireplace chimed the hour of four.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Claire was looking at him dazedly and reaching greedily toward the kettle that simmered over a great open fireplace.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
By the fireplace stood a lithe, quick figure, sorting the pile of linen at her side.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
De niggers has de big box under de fireplace, where dey kep' all de pig and chickens what dey steal, down in salt.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Elizabeth sat down at the table, her back towards the fireplace and Peyton.
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Before the fireplace sat the girl of the station, her hair gleaming with a new splendor in that light.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
Presently they came abreast of the great open fireplace.
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
A fireplace may possibly be opened, and the pictures rehung on freshly papered walls.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Beside this fireplace and extending to the front wall is a butterfly cupboard specially designed for that location.
"Green Spring Farm" by Ross Netherton
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In poetry:

And then he thought: "I'll mercy show,
Since Hades is a dire place
To send a fellow to - and so
I'll blase up through the fireplace."
"Duello" by Robert W Service
A fireplace filled the room's one side
With half a cord o' wood in—
There warn't no stoves (tell comfort died)
To bake ye to a puddin'.
"The Courtin'" by James Russell Lowell
And so was still: what time we saw
A foot hang down the fireplace! Then,
With painful scrambling scratched and raw,
Two hands that seemed like hands of men
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier
Than in the dusk, while tossing vibrant chords
Into the fireplace, like journals, tome by tome?
Oh, understanding wonderful, just nod,
And you will know I do not claim to own
"The shiv'ring piano, foaming at the mouth" by Boris Pasternak
"In your parlour flooring a loose board hid,
And wore the carpet, you know it did!
Your kitchen was small, and the shelves
were few,
While the fireplace smoked — and you
know it's true!"
"The Little House" by Fay Inchfawn
He poised himself grotesquely, in an attitude of mirth,
On a damask-covered hassock that was sitting on the hearth;
And at a magic signal of his stubby little thumb,
I saw the fireplace changing to a bright proscenium.
"Das Krist Kindel" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The living room offers a wood-burning fireplace and views of the city and San Francisco Bay.
According to the US Fire Administration (USFA) more than 1/3 of Americans use fireplaces in their homes, and unfortunately many don't know the risks involved.
Debate heats up over bayside fireplace .
If your idea of a perfect winter night involves relaxing by a warm fire or a fireplace is the primary way to stay warm or a supplement to the main heating system, consider this tip to stay safe.
Charlevoix mayor expects fireplace steering committee to be in place soon.
This photo illustration shows the original design of the community fireplace in its proposed location in East Park.
84 Old Beach – fireplace .
Gas fireplaces are the best invention since fire.
Fireplaces are eye candy, but these are also serious appliances.
Parole has been denied for an Oakdale man convicted of beating a woman with a fireplace poker 14 years ago and leaving her to die along a canal bank in San Joaquin County.
FIREPLACE — Woodburnig insert w/ blower, glass doors.
One tip is to keep a three-foot space between heaters or fireplaces and flammable materials.
Fireplace -sparked blaze destroys Mountain View home, authorities say.
New 1753 House fireplace to be lit.
With the onset of cooler weather and as we begin to fire up our fireplaces, it is important we take a few steps of precaution before we light that first match.
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