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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the protector and preserver of worlds. Vishnu is often conceived as a member of the triad including also Brahma and Shiva.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the Trimurti (trinity) in Hindu mythology, and the most popularly venerated god in Hinduism. Vishnu is commonly depicted as being blue in colour and having four arms: with each hand holding either a lotus, a mace, a conch shell or Chakra weapon. Vishnu is the Supreme being or Ultimate Reality for Vaishnavas and a manifestation of Brahman in the Advaita or Smarta traditions of Hinduism.
  • proper n. A male given name used in India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A divinity of the modern Hindu trimurti, or trinity. He is regarded as the preserver, while Brahma is the creator, and Siva the destroyer of the creation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inlater Hind. myth., the god who with the other two great gods, Brahma and Siva, forms the trimurti, or trinity; the Preserver, considered by his worshipers to be the supreme god of the Hindu pantheon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sustainer; a Hindu divinity worshipped as the preserver of worlds

Etymologies

Sanskrit Viṣṇuḥ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit विष्णु (Víṣṇu). (Wiktionary)

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