from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism The triad of gods consisting of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer as the three highest manifestations of the one ultimate reality.
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- n. The concept in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva the destroyer or transformer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The triad, or trinity, of Hindu gods, consisting of Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Siva, the Destroyer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of the later Hindu triad or trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, viewed as an inseparable unity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the triad of divinities of later Hinduism
Sanskrit trimūrtiḥ : tri-, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + mūrtiḥ, form.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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