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ˈsu trə; ˈsʊt əsu·tra

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sutranoun

    a rule or aphorism in Sanskrit literature or a group of aphoristic doctrinal summaries prepared for memorization


  1. sutranoun

    A rule or thesis in Sanskrit grammar or Hindu law or philosophy.

  2. sutranoun

    A scriptural narrative, especially a discourse of the Buddha.


  1. sutra

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  1. sutra

    A sutra is a form of religious or philosophical text or scripture, particularly in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term typically refers to concise but profound statements or teachings which are intended to provide guidance or wisdom. The term can also refer to a rule or aphorism in the field of traditional Indian sciences. The term "sutra" is derived from Sanskrit, meaning "thread" or "line that holds things together".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sutranoun

    a precept; an aphorism; a brief rule

  2. Sutranoun

    a collection of such aphorisms

  3. Sutranoun

    a body of Hindoo literature containing aphorisms on grammar, meter, law, and philosophy, and forming a connecting link between the Vedic and later Sanscrit literature

  4. Etymology: [Skr. stra a thread, a string of rules; an aphorism; fr. siv to sew.]


  1. Sūtra

    Sūtra is an aphorism or a collection of such aphorisms in the form of a manual or, more broadly, a text in Hinduism or Buddhism. Literally it means a thread or line that holds things together and is derived from the verbal root siv-, meaning to sew, as does the medical term "suture." The word "sutra" was very likely meant to apply quite literally to these texts, as they were written down in books of palm leaves sewn together with thread. This distinguishes them from the older sacred Vedas, which until recently were only memorised, never committed to paper. In ancient Indian literature, sutra denotes a distinct type of literary composition, based on short aphoristic statements, generally using various technical terms. This literary form was designed for concision, as the texts were intended to be memorized by students in some of the formal methods of scriptural and scientific study. Since each line is highly condensed, another literary form arose in which commentaries on the sutras were added, to clarify and explain them. For discussion of the literary form for sūtras, their terse nature as a summary of ideas for memorization, and the rise of the commentorial literary form as an adjunct to sūtras, see: Tubb & Boose 2007, pp. 1–2.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sutra

    sōōt′ra, n. in Sanskrit literature, the technical name of aphoristic rules, and of works consisting of such rules—the groundworks of the ritual, grammatical, metrical, and philosophical literature of India being written in this form.

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  1. Surat

  2. astur

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sutra in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sutra in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Sutra in a Sentence

  1. Amit Ray:

    Yoga was originated in India around 5500 BCE. Vedas were written during 1500 to 1200 BCE and the Patanjali's yoga sutra was written around 500 BCE.

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