Fire·place n. The part a chimney appropriated to the fire; a hearth; -- usually an open recess in a wall, in which a fire may be built.
n : 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" [syn: hearth, open fireplace]