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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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Turkish bass Burak Bilgili portrayed Nilakantha to perfection without making him a caricature.
Self-Surrender" "Peace" "Compassion" and "The Mission of the Goose": Poems and Prayers from South India by Appayya Diksita, Nilakantha Diksita and Vedanta Desika.
Nilakantha Somayaji of the ' Madhava School' in the 15th century made considerable progress in mathematical analysis which anticipated the work of later Western analysts contributing to the emergence of calculus.
Nilakantha Upreti, recommended as chief commissioner of Election Commission is working as commissioner of EC on the CPN-UML quota.
Roads are not good, so that's an additional problem in transportation," said Nilakantha Majhi, a villager.
The simple story line can be summarized as follows: LakmE[umlaut] is the daughter of a Brahman named Nilakantha.
Amongst the finer sculptures lent by the Archaeological Museum at Sarnath was a preaching Buddha seated against a stupa, three detached Buddha heads, a standing figure of Maitreya, the seated Bodhisattva Nilakantha, a standing figure of Tara, and the very dynamic relief of two armed warriors battling a rearing leogryph.
Jon Keune, "The Intra- and Inter-Religious Conversions of Nehemiah Nilakantha Goreh," pp.
Nilakantha Rath, coauthor of a pioneering study of poverty, estimates that disaggregated numbers would show that the true poverty ratio for rural India would be as high as 60 percent.
Clifford Grant, as Lakme's vengeful father, the zealot priest Nilakantha, is most impressive vocally and has more stage presence than anyone else in the cast.
Here Nilakantha unambiguously cites popular custom (sarvajanina acarah) as additional support for his position on sahagamana.
In North America, he has been heard as Kaspar in Der Freischutz and Giorgio in I puritani (both at the Vancouver Festival), as Sarastro in Die Zauberflote and Nilakantha in Lakme (both for L'Opera de Montreal), as Alidoro in La cenerentola (Washington Opera) and in the title role of Don Giovanni (Opera Company of Philadelphia).