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Vesta

[ ves-tuh ]
/ ˈvɛs tə /
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noun

Classical Mythology. 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 second largest and by far the brightest asteroid in our solar system, discovered in 1807 and located in the asteroid belt. See also Ceres (def. 2), Hygieia (def. 2), Pallas (def. 2).
(lowercase)British. a short friction match with a wood or wax shank.
a female given name.

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Origin of Vesta

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin; possibly akin to Greek Hestía; possibly derivative of Latin ūrere “to burn”
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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)

Vesta1
/ (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)

Vesta2
/ (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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Scientific 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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Cultural 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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