Vesta


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Ves·ta

 (vĕs′tə)
n.
1. Roman Mythology The goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing the sacred fire tended by the vestal virgins.
2. The brightest of the asteroids and the second most massive object in the asteroid belt after the dwarf planet Ceres.

[Latin; see wes- in Indo-European roots.]

vesta

(ˈvɛstə)
n
a short friction match, usually of wood
[C19: named after the goddess; see Vesta1]

Vesta

(ˈvɛstə)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) the Roman goddess of the hearth and its fire. In her temple a perpetual flame was tended by the vestal virgins. Greek counterpart: Hestia

Vesta

(ˈvɛstə)
n
(Celestial Objects) the brightest of the four largest asteroids. Diameter: about 530 km (240 miles)
[C19: named after the goddess; see Vesta1]

Ves•ta

(ˈvɛs tə)

n.
1. the Roman goddess of the hearth: identified with the Greek goddess Hestia.
2. (l.c.) Brit. a short friction match.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Vesta - (Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia
Roman mythology - the mythology of the ancient Romans
2.Vesta - the brightest asteroid but the fourth to be discovered
Translations

vesta

[ˈvestə] Ncerilla f
References in classic literature ?
When we were in complete darkness, he lit a wax vesta, and asked Daddy Jacques to move to the middle of the chamber with it to the place where the night-light was burning that night.
Daddy Jacques who was in his stockings--he usually left his sabots in the vestibule--entered The Yellow Room with his bit of a vesta.
Not that I would intimate that such strict chastity as was preserved in the temple of Vesta can possibly be maintained at a public inn.
At the corner of Pitt Street he paused to light a fresh cigar; the vesta threw, as he did so, a strong light upon his features, and a man of about his own age stopped at sight of it.
It was a wax vesta half burned, which was so coated with mud that it looked at first like a little chip of wood.
There was a box of vestas, two inches of tallow candle, an A D P brier-root pipe, a pouch of seal-skin with half an ounce of long-cut Cavendish, a silver watch with a gold chain, five sovereigns in gold, an aluminum pencil-case, a few papers, and an ivory-handled knife with a very delicate, inflexible bade marked Weiss & Co.
The Temple of Vesta might have sprung up anew from its ruins, expressly to lend its countenance to the occasion.
He is a professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas.
LADA Vesta SW and SW Cross have added the lineup of LADA Vesta, one of the most popular cars on the Russian market: within 8 months of 2017 it holds the 3 position in sales ranking.
The images were obtained during Dawn's year-long visit to Vesta that ended in September 2012.
Telescopic observations revealed Vesta to be dramatically different in color and surface mineral properties than any other large asteroid.
We have a hard time working on this body and not thinking about it as a planet," said UCLA's Christopher Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn spacecraft, which has been buzzing around Vesta since July.