American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Roman Mythology The goddess of the hearth, worshiped in a temple containing the sacred fire tended by the vestal virgins.
- n. The brightest of all the asteroids and the fourth to be discovered.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the chief divinities of the ancient Romans, equivalent to the Greek Hestia, one of the twelve great Olympians, the virgin goddess of the hearth, presiding over both the private family altar and the central altar of the city, the tribe, or the race. She was worshiped along with the Penates at every meal, when the family assembled round the altar or hearth, which was in the center of the house. .Æneas was said to have carried the sacred fire (which was her symbol) from Troy, and brought it to Italy, and it was preserved at Rome by the state in the sanctuary of the goddess, which stood in the Forum. To guard this fire from becoming extinguished, it was watched and tended by six stainless virgins, called
vestals. The Roman temples of Vesta were circular, preserving the form of the primitive huts of the Latin race, because it was in such a hut that the sacred fire was first tended by the young girls while their parents and brothers were absent in the chase or pasture-ground. See also cuts under hut-urnand monopteron.
- n. The fourth planetoid, discovered by Olbers, at Bremen, in 1807.
- n. [lowercase] A wax match which may be ignited by friction.
- n. Roman mythology The Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Hestia.
- n. A female given name in occasional use.
- n. astronomy The fourth asteroid discovered.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rom. Myth.) One of the great divinities of the ancient Romans, identical with the Greek Hestia. She was a virgin, and the goddess of the hearth; hence, also, of the fire on it, and the family round it.
- n. (Astron.) An asteroid, or minor planet, discovered by Olbers in 1807.
- n. A wax friction match.
- n. (Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia
- n. the brightest asteroid but the fourth to be discovered
- From the Latin vestale, (to dwell, stay, similar in idea to the Greek hestia.) Vesta itself came to mean chaste, pure, or virgin, based from this goddess. (Wiktionary)
- Latin; see wes-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pythagoreans place the element of fire, which they call Vesta and the”
“Vesta, below the Palatine, is annexed the house of the Vestals; the small round temple of the Mater Matuba, in the Forum Boarium, has been commonly called Vesta's.”
“A meteorite from the asteroid known as Vesta, which is one of the largest asteroids in our solar system.”
“Right now is one of those times - a time known as Vesta's "opposition.”
“Scientists call Vesta a "protoplanet" because it almost formed into a planet like Mars or Earth.”
“Just last week, a space probe began orbiting a huge asteroid called Vesta, which lies beyond Mars.”
“Dawn should reach the asteroid called Vesta in 2011 and the dwarf planet Ceres in four years later.”
“In a previous life I was a small part of a project called Vesta that developed a fairly radical approach to Software Configuration Management.”
“One of their tasks was to keep the fire burning in Vesta’s temple.”
“Oh, the police are calling Vesta-something has happened!' his companion exclaimed.”
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