Jya, Jyā: 10 definitions


Jya 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

Jyā (ज्या) refers to “earth” and is mentioned in a list of 53 synonyms for dharaṇi (“earth”), according to the second chapter (dharaṇyādi-varga) of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia).  The Dharaṇyādi-varga covers the lands, soil [viz., Jyā], mountains, jungles and vegetation’s relations between trees and plants and substances, with their various kinds.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

Source: Wikibooks (hi): Sanskrit Technical Terms

Jyā (ज्या).—1. Sine or Chord; (lit. bowstring.) 2. R sine (Radius × Sine). The R sine difference corresponding to the twenty four equal divisions of a quadrant. Note: Jyā is a Sanskrit technical term used in ancient Indian sciences such as Astronomy, Mathematics and Geometry.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Jyā, koti-jyā and utkrama-jyā are three trigonometric functions introduced by Indian astronomers and mathematicians. The earliest known Indian treatise containing references to these functions is Surya Siddhanta. These are functions of arcs of circles and not functions of angles. Jyā and koti-jyā are closely related to the modern trigonometric functions of sine and cosine. In fact, the origins of the modern terms of "sine" and "cosine" have been traced back to the Sanskrit words jyā and koti-jyā.

Also see: trigonometry

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

jyā (ज्या).—f S A bowstring. 2 The earth. 3 The chord of an arc.

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

jyā (ज्या).—f A bowstring. The earth. The chord of an arc.

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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

Jyā (ज्या).—9 P. (jināti)

1) To overpower, oppress.

2) To grow old.

3) Ā. (jīyate) To be oppressed.

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Jyā (ज्या).—

1) A bow-string; विश्रामं लभतामिदं च शिथिलज्याबन्धमस्मद्धनुः (viśrāmaṃ labhatāmidaṃ ca śithilajyābandhamasmaddhanuḥ) Ś.2.6; R.3.59;11.15;12.14.

2) The chord of an arc.

3) The earth.

4) A mother.

5) Overpowering force or strength.

6) Excessive demand, importunity.

7) A kind of wooden stick (śamyā).

8) The rear of the army; ज्या भूमिमौर्व्योः शम्यायां वाहिन्याः पृष्ठभागके (jyā bhūmimaurvyoḥ śamyāyāṃ vāhinyāḥ pṛṣṭhabhāgake) | Nm. Hence °घातवारणम् (ghātavāraṇam) A handguard used by the archers and °घोषः (ghoṣaḥ) The twanging of the bow.

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

Jyā (ज्या).—r. 9th cl. (jināti) To decay, to be or become old. kyrā0 pvā0 para0 aka0 aniṭ .

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Jyā (ज्या).—f. (jyā) 1. A mother. 2. The earth, 3. A bowstring. 4. The chord of an are. E. jyā to become old, to decay, affixes aghnyā0 yak .

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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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