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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  stronghold,  a  Philistine  city  (Josh.  15:47),  about  midway 
  between  Gaza  and  Joppa,  and  3  miles  from  the  Mediterranean.  It 
  was  one  of  the  chief  seats  of  the  worship  of  Dagon  (1  Sam.  5:5). 
  It  belonged  to  the  tribe  of  Judah  (Josh.  15:47),  but  it  never 
  came  into  their  actual  possession.  It  was  an  important  city,  as 
  it  stood  on  the  highroad  from  Egypt  to  Palestine,  and  hence  was 
  strongly  fortified  (2  Chr.  26:6;  Isa.  20:1).  Uzziah  took  it  but 
  fifty  years  after  his  death  it  was  taken  by  the  Assyrians  (B.C. 
  758).  According  to  Sargon's  record,  it  was  captured  by  him  in 
  B.C.  711.  The  only  reference  to  it  in  the  New  Testament,  where 
  it  is  called  Azotus,  is  in  the  account  of  Philip's  return  from 
  Gaza  (Acts  8:40).  It  is  now  called  Eshdud 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Ashdod,  effusion;  inclination;  theft