Definitions

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

  • n. Islam Any of the 114 chapters or sections of the Koran.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of the 114 chapters of the Qur'an.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the sections or chapters of the Koran, which are one hundred and fourteen in number.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chapter of the Koran.
  • n. In India, the fermented sap or “milk” of several kinds of palm, as the palmyra, cocoa, and wild date; toddy.

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

  • n. the muscular back part of the shank
  • n. one of the sections (or chapters) in the Koran

Etymologies

Arabic sūra, from Aramaic šurā, absolute form of šurətā, row, line; see šwr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Arabic سورة (sú:ra, chapter of the Qur‘an), from سور (sáwwara, to enclose, to wall in). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Waiting on chapter and/or "sura" in the Koran/Q'uran by editnetwork on Monday, Oct 27, 2008 at 4: 48: 42 PM

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  • For Iranian Muslims, Christmas [surely Christmas, not new year?] commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, who is revered in Islam and is mentioned frequently in the Koran, which also devotes a "sura" or verse to the Virgin Mary.

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  • Imam Rauf performs the usual editing of sura 5:32 when he writes that the Quran says that "whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind."

    Real Interfaith Dialogue Must Address the Real Issues

  • The sura reads: "For that cause We decreed for the children of Israel that whoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind" Pickthall translation.

    Real Interfaith Dialogue Must Address the Real Issues

  • It begins with the simple, bold, and widely trampled sura 2:256, translated as "There is no compulsion in religion."

    Clay Farris Naff: A Moment Of Opportunity For Muslims

  • For instance, Ibn Said begins his text with a full recitation of the Quran's 67th sura , or chapter, titled al-Mulk "Dominion", which discusses God's absolute ownership of the universe.

    A Free Mind, An Unfree Man

  • With the inclusion of the sura, Mr. Alryyes notes, "Omar seems to refute the right of his owners over him."

    A Free Mind, An Unfree Man

  • He lectured on different analyses of the sura of the Koran called Al Zumar, which speaks of the deafening trumpet blast that God will make on Judgment Day, and the lofty riverside mansions the faithful will occupy in heaven.

    ¡Hola, Hezbollah!

  • We prostrated facing East, Ali on my right and Seyyed reciting sura on my left.

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  • The next to last verse of the second and longest sura of the Koran instructs them so.

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