- 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.
- Astronomy. the third largest and one of the four brightest asteroids.
- (lowercase) British. a short friction match with a wood or wax shank.
- a female given name.
Origin of Vesta
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Contemporary Examples of vesta
On the planet Vesta, there are plenty of crystals to treasure.Space Bling: From Diamond Planets to Crystal Oceans to Precious Moon Jewels
Alexa Valiente, Jaewon Kang
October 13, 2012
Historical Examples of vesta
The Vesta separators, or "mats," are treated by a special process.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Vesta'd give you a job in a minute, and she'd pay you good money, too.
Vesta Philbrook was trying to help the old negro to his feet.
The shooting had ceased when he came into the clear and pulled up to look for Vesta.
Vesta had not only overtaken her enemy, but had ridden round her and cut off her retreat.
- a short friction match, usually of wood
Word Origin for vesta
- the Roman goddess of the hearth and its fire. In her temple a perpetual flame was tended by the vestal virginsGreek counterpart: Hestia
- the brightest of the four largest asteroids. Diameter: about 530 km (240 miles)
Word Origin for Vesta
- 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.
[Greek name Hestia]
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.