Vesta \Ves"ta\, n. [L. Vesta, akin to Gr. ? Vesta, ? the hearth of the house, and perhaps to Skr. ush to burn (see East), or perhaps to Skr. vas to dwell, and E. was.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) An asteroid, or minor planet, discovered by Olbers in 1807. [1913 Webster] 3. A wax friction match. --Simmonds. [1913 Webster]