Word Summary
nēsteia: fasting, a fast
Original Word: νηστεία
Transliteration: nēsteia
Phonetic Spelling: (nace-ti'-ah)
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Short Definition: fasting, a fast
Meaning: fasting, a fast
Strong's Concordance

From nesteuo; abstinence (from lack of food, or voluntary and religious); specially, the fast of the Day of Atonement -- fast(-ing).

see GREEK nesteuo

Thayer's Greek Lexicon
STRONGS NT 3521: νηστεία

νηστεία, νηστείας, (νηστεύω, which see), a fasting, fast, i. e. abstinence from food, and a. voluntary, as a religious exercise: of private fasting, Matthew 17:21 (T WH omit; Tr brackets the verse); Mark 9:29 (T WH omit; Tr marginal reading brackets); Luke 2:37; Acts 14:23; 1 Corinthians 7:5 Rec. of the public fast prescribed by the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 16:29ff; 23:27ff (BB. DD. under the word , and for references to Strabo, Philo, Josephus, Plutarch, see Sophocles' Lexicon, under the word, 1)) and kept yearly on the great day of atonement, the tenth of the month Tisri: Acts 27:9 (the month Tisri comprises a part of our September and October (cf. B. D. under the word (at end)); the fast, accordingly, occurred in the autumn, χειμέριος ὥρα, when navigation was usually dangerous on account of storms, as was the case with the voyage referred to).

b. a fasting to which one is driven by want: 2 Corinthians 6:5; 2 Corinthians 11:27; (Hippocrates, Aristotle, Philo, Josephus, Plutarch, Aelian, Athen., others; the Sept. for צום).