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Forms: asta (data provider: donatus-sup), aste (data provider: donatus-sup)
Baretti: A dictionary of the English and Italian languages
Ást-a, Ást-e, s. f. dim. Ást-étta, Ást-iccióla,
1. stick, handle, haft; 2. lance; 3. flag-staff; 4. point upon a back-gammon board; 5. auction. Vendere all' —, to sell by auction; 6. the foot of a pair of compasses; 7. the top of such letters as rise above the rest, as the t, the 1, &c.
Florio: a worlde of wordes, or most copious, dictionarie in Italian and English