Vesta

[ ves-tuh ]
/ ˈvɛs tə /
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noun

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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for vesta (1 of 3)

vesta

/ (ˈvɛstə) /

noun

a short friction match, usually of wood

Word Origin for vesta

C19: named after the goddess; see Vesta 1

British Dictionary definitions for vesta (2 of 3)

Vesta

1
/ (ˈvɛstə) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for vesta (3 of 3)

Vesta

2
/ (ˈvɛstə) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Vesta

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

Vesta

[ vĕstə ]

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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Culture definitions for vesta

Vesta

[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.


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