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Vesta

[ves-tuh]
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noun
  1. the ancient Roman goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing an altar on which a sacred fire was kept burning by the vestal virgins: identified with the Greek Hestia.
  2. Astronomy. the third largest and one of the four brightest asteroids.
  3. (lowercase) British. a short friction match with a wood or wax shank.
  4. a female given name.
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Origin of Vesta

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for vesta

vesta

noun
  1. a short friction match, usually of wood
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Word Origin

C19: named after the goddess; see Vesta 1

Vesta1

noun
  1. the Roman goddess of the hearth and its fire. In her temple a perpetual flame was tended by the vestal virginsGreek counterpart: Hestia
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Vesta2

noun
  1. the brightest of the four largest asteroids. Diameter: about 530 km (240 miles)
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Word Origin

C19: named after the goddess; see Vesta 1
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vesta in Science

Vesta

[vĕstə]
  1. The brightest of all the asteroids and the fourth to be discovered, in 1807. It is the third largest, with a diameter of about 530 km (329 mi), and the only asteroid that can be seen without a telescope. Evidence of lava flows on its surface suggests that it once had a molten interior. See more at asteroid.
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vesta in Culture

Vesta

The Roman and Greek goddess of the hearth and home. Roman and Greek cities were supposed to have a public hearth dedicated to Vesta, at which the fire was kept constantly burning.

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