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hearthstone n : a stone that forms a hearth

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  1. A flat stone used to form a hearth.
  2. By extension: The fireside, home life.
    • 1846: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Good-Bye, line 15 - I am going to my own hearth-stone, / Bosomed in yon green hills alone,
    • 1861: Abraham Lincoln, ''First inaugural address - The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land
    • 1876: Richard J. Hinton, English Radical Leaders, page 55 - The denominational relations of a household will shape the future political positions of the young men growing around the hearth-stone, just as they did those of their fathers
  3. A soft kind of stone used to whiten soor-steps, scour floors, etc.
    • 1861: Henry Mayhew, London labour and the London Poor, vol. 1, page 29 - Lastly, there is the hearth-stone barrow, piled up with hearth-stone, Bath-brick and lumps of whiting


  1. To scour, as a floor, with hearthstone.
    • 1876: Hallberger's Illustrated Magazine, page 202 - We've a woman come in twice a week, to scrub, and red-brick, and '''hearthstone, and black-lead, and the rest we manage ourselves.


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