American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Hinduism The god of the ocean, often considered king of the gods and frequently paired with Mitra as an upholder of the world, inflicter of disease on sinners, and bringer of rain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hind, myth., a deity represented in the Vedic hymns as of very great and manifold powers—the guardian of immortality, cherisher of truth, the seizer and punisher of ill-doers, the forgiver of sins, protector of the good, and the like. Latterly he became the god of waters. He is represented later as a white-skinned man, four-armed, riding on a water-monster, generally with a noose in one of his hands and a club in another, with which he seizes and punishes the wicked.
- n. Hinduism A god of the sky, of rain and of the celestial ocean, as well as a god of law and of the underworld.
- n. astronomy One of the Kuiper belt objects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Hindu Myth.) The god of the waters; the Indian Neptune. He is regarded as regent of the west, and lord of punishment, and is represented as riding on a sea monster, holding in his hand a snaky cord or noose with which to bind offenders, under water.
- n. in Vedism, god of the night sky who with his thousand eyes watches over human conduct and judges good and evil and punishes evildoers; often considered king of the Hindu gods and frequently paired with Mitra as an upholder of the world
- From Sanskrit वरुण (váruṇa). (Wiktionary)
- Sanskrit Varuṇaḥ. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The etymology of the name Varuna is doubtful, but the representation of him in the Rig-Veda points to the sky as his original form -- he is a clear example of a sky-god who becomes universal.”
“The vessels soon parted, but the "Varuna" had received her death-wound, and sank in shallow water.”
“The Union vessel "Varuna" also did daring work, and naturally these two ships met in desperate conflict.”
“If the following hymn, says Müller, were addressed only to the Almighty, omitting the word "Varuna," it would not disturb us in a Christian”
“The Indian navy has already been conducting formalised exercises annually with several foreign navies since the past several years, such as the 'Varuna' series with the French navy, the 'Indra' series with the”
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“There is always a close connection between Varuna and Yama, and perhaps it is owing to this that parallel to 'Varuna's fetters' is found also 'Yama's fetter,' i.e., death (x.”
“Hindus believe the prayer appeases the god Varuna, who favours them with rain if the ritual is performed.”
“This was my fourth trip in three decades to Benares (a.k.a. Varanasi), the holy city where the Varuna and the sacred Ganges Rivers join, gaining spiritual momentum as their currents rush to meet their destiny in the Bay of Bengal.”
“Waste water flowed in the river Varuna, one of the tributaries of the Ganges.”
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