from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a comparatively recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature written in Sanskrit and concerned with powerful ritual acts of body, speech, and mind.
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- n. A Hindu or Buddhist religious or esoteric text.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A ceremonial treatise related to Puranic and magic literature; esp., one of the sacred works of the worshipers of Sakti.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of recent Sanskrit religious works, in which mysticism and magic play a great part.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of a fairly recent class of Hindu or Buddhist religious literature concerned with ritual acts of body and speech and mind
- n. doctrine of enlightenment as the realization of the oneness of one's self and the visible world; combines elements of Hinduism and paganism including magical and mystical elements like mantras and mudras and erotic rites; especially influential in Tibet
Sanskrit tantram, doctrine, loom; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit तन्त्र (Wiktionary)