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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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)

 Ashdod, effusion; inclination; theft