American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of the oldest and most authoritative Hindu sacred texts, composed in Sanskrit and gathered into four collections.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sacred scripture of the ancient Hindus, written in an older form or dialect of Sanskrit. It is divided into mantra, or sacred utterance (chiefly metrical), brāhmana, or inspired exposition, and sū tra, or sacrificial rules. It is also divided into four bodies of writings: Rig-Veda or hymns, SāmaVeda or chants, Yajur-Veda or sacred formulas, and Atharva-Veda, a collection of later and more superstitious hymns—each with its brāhmanas and sū tras. It is of unknown and very uncertain chronology, the oldest of the hymns being possibly from near 2000 b. c. Sometimes abbreviated Ved.
- n. Hinduism A large body of texts originating in Ancient India. They form the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The ancient sacred literature of the Hindus; also, one of the four collections, called Rig-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, and Atharva-Veda, constituting the most ancient portions of that literature.
- n. (from the Sanskrit word for `knowledge') any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit; traditionally believed to comprise the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads
- From Sanskrit वेद (veda, "knowledge"). Compare to Swedish veta (to know), Dutch: weten, Low German: witten, wetten, waiten (Gronings) and German: wissen. (Wiktionary)
- Sanskrit vedaḥ, sacred lore, knowledge, Veda; see weid- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Atharva Veda Veda cha implies that the Atharvans were not generally included under the term Veda by which the first three Vedas only were meant.”
“The English word video comes from the word Veda, which means, “to see and realize the truth.””
“We are the keepers and carriers of a library of knowledge, which is called the Veda, or Vedas.”
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“Modern Hindus when not influenced by the language of European scholars apply the word Veda especially to the Upanishads.”
“The Sastra is constituted by the aggregate of words called Veda, which is handed on by an endless unbroken succession of pupils learning from qualified teachers, and raised above all suspicion of imperfections such as spring from mistake and the like.”
“The word Veda, however, should be taken, as a collective name for the sacred literature of the”
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“The Veda is our oldest extant human document and the Veda, from one point of view, is a great compilation of practical hints about Yoga.”
“The Secret of the Veda is the very book that I am reading now.”
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