Alpa: 7 definitions


Alpa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

alpa (अल्प).—a (S) Little, of small quantity. In comp. as alpabuddhi, alpabala, alpāhāra, alpavyāpāra, alpalābha, alpabhāṣī, alpavidya, alpavyayī. Of the less obvious compounds some are explained below.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

alpa (अल्प).—a Little, of small quantity.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Alpa (अल्प).—a. [al-pa]

1) Trifling, unimportant, insignificant (opp. mahat or guru); अल्पविद्यः (alpavidyaḥ) Ms.11.36.

2) Small, little, minute, scanty (opp. bahu); अल्पस्य हेतोर्बहु हातुमिच्छन् (alpasya hetorbahu hātumicchan) R.2.47;1.2; अल्पकुचान्तरा (alpakucāntarā) V.4.49.

3) Mortal, of short existence; अथ यदल्पं तन्मर्त्यम् (atha yadalpaṃ tanmartyam) Ch. Up.

4) Young.

5) Seldom, rare.

-lpaḥ A class of buildings; Kāmikāgama, 45.53-54.

-lpam Very little.

-lpam, -lpena, -lpāt adv.

1) A little.

2) For a slight reason; प्रीतिरल्पेन भिद्यते (prītiralpena bhidyate) Rām.4.32.7.

3) Easily, without much trouble or difficulty.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alpa (अल्प).—mfn.

(-lpaḥ-lpā-lpaṃ) 1. Little, small. 2. Inferior. low. E. al to be able. &c. pa affix or with kan added alpaka.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alpa (अल्प).—adj. f. . 1. Little, small, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 35, 31; [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 55; alpena, For a small price, Daśak in Chr. 180, 18. 2. Insignificant, [Raghuvaṃśa, (ed. Stenzler.)] 2, 47. 3. Of no great value, [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 198, 6 (cf. naya). 4. Short, [Pañcatantra] [prologue.] [distich] 10. 5. Feeble, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 24, 136. Comparative, alpīyaṃs, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 36, and alpatara.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alpa (अल्प).—[adjective] small, minute, little. [neuter] little, a trifle. alpena and alpāt [adverb] for a little, easily, without pain. Comp. alpīyaṃs less, little; [neuter] a little bit.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Alpa (अल्प):—mf(ā)n. (m. [plural] e or ās, [Pāṇini 1-1, 33]) small, minute, trifling, little, [Atharva-veda] etc.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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