gematria

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ge·ma·tri·a

 (gə-mā′trē-ə)
n.
A numerological system used in kabbalah and other forms of Jewish mysticism that assigns numerical values to words based on the fixed numerical values of their letters.

[Mishnaic Hebrew gîmaṭriyyâ, from Greek geōmetriā, geometry; see geometry.]

gematria

(ɡəˈmeɪtrɪə)
n
(Judaism) Judaism a system of assigning numerical values to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, esp when used by cabbalists to interpret the Hebrew scriptures

ge•ma•tri•a

(gəˈmeɪ tri ə)
n.
a cabbalistic system of interpretation of the Scriptures by substituting for a particular word another word whose letters give the same numerical sum.
[1685-95; < Hebrew gēmaṭriyā < Greek geōmetría geometry]

gematria

A magico-philosophical science of numbers found in the cabala and based on the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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In Hebrew numerology the number "18" is made up of letters that spell out the word Chai or "life," giving it important meaning in Jewish culture and special relevance to the Jewish New Year.