Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


He held up a box of vestas which, being a smoker, he fortunately had in his pocket.

By the aid of a box of vestas the telephone instrument was found in the hall.

I felt in my pocket for my vestas, but unfortunately my box was empty.

The process was tedious compared with the rapid action of congreves and vestas in the present day.

With a curious sensation of almost prescience plucking at him, he took a box of vestas from his pocket and struck one.

The other sailor produced a box of vestas from his pocket, and as he was unwounded I took him with me on my return journey.

"I don't know what you mean by vestas, but I'm through just the same," retorted Mrs. Upton; and she really was—for five years.

“Vestas” are matches in which short pieces of thin “wax taper” are used in place of wooden splints.

And the next moment he remembered the vestas in his waistcoat pocket and had struck a light.

Gideon produced his vestas, struck one, and by its light recognized the tow head of Harker.