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 (shē′və) also Si·va (shē′və, sē′-)
n. Hinduism
One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds and in numerous other forms. Shiva is often conceived as a member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.

[Sanskrit śivaḥ, from śiva-, auspicious, dear; see kei- in Indo-European roots.]

Shi′va·ism, Si′va·ism n.
Shi′va·ist, Si′va·ist n.


also shiv·ah or shib·ah  (shĭv′ə)
n. Judaism
A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.

[Yiddish shive, from Hebrew šib'â, seven; see šbʕ in Semitic roots.]


(ˈʃiːvə; ˈʃɪvə)
(Hinduism) a variant spelling of Siva
ˈShivaism n
ˈShivaist n, adj


(ˈʃi və)

also Siva

“the Destroyer,” the third member of the Hindu Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.
[< Skt śiva]
Shi′va•ism, n.
Shi′va•ist, n.
Shi`va•is′tic, adj.


A seven-day period of mourning which the family enter into after a funeral.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shiva - (Judaism) a period of seven days of mourning after the death of close relative; "the family is sitting shiva"
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
hebdomad, week - any period of seven consecutive days; "it rained for a week"
2.shiva - the destroyerShiva - the destroyer; one of the three major divinities in the later Hindu pantheon
Trimurti - the triad of divinities of later Hinduism
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