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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Astel  \As"tel\  ([a^]s"t[~e]l),  n.  [OE.  astelle  piece  of  wood, 
  OF  astele  splinter,  shaving,  F.  attelle  astelle:  cf  L. 
  astula  dim.  of  assis  board.]  (Mining) 
  An  arch,  or  ceiling,  of  boards,  placed  over  the  men's  heads 
  in  a  mine.