from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who professes Buddhism; a follower of the religious system founded by Buddha.
  • Of or pertaining to Buddha or Buddhism.
  • Stupas or topes, large towers, some built in the form of a hemisphere, others partly cylindrical and finished at the top with either a flat circle or a pointed dome-like terminal. The topes were erected in honor of some sacred event or place, and are sometimes employed to contain relics of Buddha or of a saint. In the latter case the tope is called a dagoba.
  • Rails, formed of elaborately sculptured pillars, built around topes, temples, and other sacred objects.
  • Chaitya halls, cut out of the living rock, and corresponding closely in plan with Christian churches. The positions of the altar or relic-casket, aisles, and apse are frequently the same in both.
  • Viharas, or monasteries, originally built of red sandal-wood, but in exceptional circumstances excavated from the solid rock, with halls having their ceilings supported by elaborately sculptured pillars cut from the natural rock, and surrounded by a number of small sleeping-cells. A characteristic of the Buddhist style is the pseudo-arch, formed by courses of stones each overlapping that below it, till the two sides approach so closely that the opening at the top can be covered by a single stone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who accepts the teachings of Buddhism.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to Buddha, Buddhism, or the Buddhists.

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

  • noun one who follows the teachings of Buddha
  • adjective of or relating to or supporting Buddhism


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