Kva: 10 definitions


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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kva : (ind.) where ?

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kva (क्व).—ind.

1) Whither, where; क्व तेऽन्योन्यं यत्नाः क्व च नु गहनाः कौतुकरसाः (kva te'nyonyaṃ yatnāḥ kva ca nu gahanāḥ kautukarasāḥ) U.6.33; क्व-क्व (kva-kva) when repeated in co-ordinate sentences imply 'great difference' or 'incougruity'; क्व रुजा हृदयप्रमाथिनी क्व च ते विश्वसनीयमायुधम् (kva rujā hṛdayapramāthinī kva ca te viśvasanīyamāyudham) M.3.2; क्व सूर्य- प्रभवो वंशः क्व चाल्पविषया मतिः (kva sūrya- prabhavo vaṃśaḥ kva cālpaviṣayā matiḥ) R.1.2; Ki.1.6; Ś.2.19.

2) Sometimes क्व (kva) is used in the sense of the loc. of किम् (kim); क्व प्रदेशे (kva pradeśe) i. e. कस्मिन्प्रदेशे (kasminpradeśe). क्वचन (kvacana) Somewhere; क्वचन पतनयोग्यं देशमन्विष्यताधः (kvacana patanayogyaṃ deśamanviṣyatādhaḥ) N.; यत्र क्वचन वत्स्यामि (yatra kvacana vatsyāmi) Bhāg.1.17.36. न-क्व-च (na-kva-ca) Nowhere, never; नानुभूतं क्व चानेन देहेनादृष्टमश्रुतम् (nānubhūtaṃ kva cānena dehenādṛṣṭamaśrutam) Bhāg.4. 29.65. न क्वचन (na kvacana) Nowhere; Mb.14. (a) With a following अपि (api) it means (1) somewhere, anywhere; (2) sometimes. (b) With a following चित् (cit) it means (1) in some places; प्रस्निग्धाः क्वचिदिङ्गुदीफलभिदः सूच्यन्त एवोपलाः (prasnigdhāḥ kvacidiṅgudīphalabhidaḥ sūcyanta evopalāḥ) Ś.1.14; Ṛs.1.2. R.1.41; (2) in some cases; क्वचिद् गोचरः क्वचिन्न गोचरोऽर्थः (kvacid gocaraḥ kvacinna gocaro'rthaḥ). क्वचित्-क्वचित् (kvacit-kvacit) (a) in one place-in another place, here-here; क्वचिद्वीणावाद्यं क्वचिदपि च हाहेति रुदितम् (kvacidvīṇāvādyaṃ kvacidapi ca hāheti ruditam) Bh.3.125,1.4. (b) now-now (referring to time); क्वचित् पथा संचरते सुराणां क्वचित् घनानां पततां क्वचिच्च (kvacit pathā saṃcarate surāṇāṃ kvacit ghanānāṃ patatāṃ kvacicca) R.13.19.

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

Kva (क्व).—ind. Where, in what place or degree.

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

Kva (क्व).—i. e. ka + va (cf. i + va), from kim, adv. 1. = loc. sing. of kim. In whom, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 10, 66. 2. Where, [Rāmāyaṇa] 5, 34, 21. 3. Whither, [Pañcatantra] 36, 21. 4. kva

— kva denotes the greatest difference: kva vayaṃ kva parokṣamanmatho mṛgaśāvaiḥ samam edhito janaḥ, What communion could there be between me and a girl grown up among young fawns and disinclined to love? [Śākuntala, (ed. Böhtlingk.)] [distich] 51. 5. How much less, [Rāmāyaṇa] 1, 67, 10. 6. With following api, Somewhere, [Hitopadeśa] pr. [distich] 17; [Pañcatantra] 96, 5; with na, Nowhere, [Nala] 16, 6. 7. With na

— ca, Not anywhere, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 4, 29, 64. 8. With na

— ca na, Nowhere, Mahābhārata 14, 650. 9. With following cid, a. In some, [Pañcatantra] 118, 14. b. Somewhere, [Lassen, Anthologia Sanskritica.] 6, 17; [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 4, 131; c. With na, or another negative particle, Nowhere, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 56; [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 60, 5. [distich] kva cid

— kva cid, Here and there, [Rāmāyaṇa] 2, 100, 6; kva cid

— kva cid, Here

— there, [Kathāsaritsāgara, (ed. Brockhaus.)] 6, 26; 27; now

— now, [Rāmāyaṇa] 3, 50, 7; with na, Never, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 2, 180. e. Some time, [Nala] 14, 6. 10. With preceding yatra, a. and following api, or ca, or , Wherever, [Bhartṛhari, (ed. Bohlen.)] 3, 91; [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 8, 12, 34; 1, 17, 36; b. and following ca na, Wherever, [Brāhmaṇavilāpa] 3, 12; whenever, [Bhagavadgītā, (ed. Schlegel.)] P. 5, 21, 9.

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

Kva (क्व).—[adverb] where? wither? how? Used also as [locative] of 1 ka. Often connected [with] aha, id, iva, nu, svid, [with] the latter also = somewhere. — With cid & (later) api somewhere, anywhere, at or to a cert. place. kva cid — kva cid here—there, now—now. kva [with] negation & api, cida, ca, or cana nowhere, in no place. kva—kva where is this? where is that? i.e. how distant or different is this from that.

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

1) Kva (क्व):—ind. ([from] 1. ku, [Pāṇini 5-3, 12; 5-2, 105]) [locative case] of 2. ka = kasmin, or katarasmin, [Manu-smṛti x, 66] (kva śreyas-tvam, in whom is the preference?), [Kathāsaritsāgara lxxxiii, 36]

2) where? in what place? whither? [Ṛg-veda] (sometimes connected with particles aha, id, iva, svid) etc.

3) (connected with nu), [Nalopākhyāna; Mālavikāgnimitra]

4) (with nu khalu), [Śakuntalā]

5) (with √bhū, √as) how is it with? what has become of? id est. it is done with, [Ṛg-veda i, 161, 4; vii, 88, 5; Atharva-veda x, 8, 7; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Pāṇini 3-1, 12], [vArttika] 1, [Patañjali]

6) (with gata) how is it with? [Nalopākhyāna; Daśakumāra-carita] (kva gatas tava mayy anurāgaḥ, what has become of your affection for me ?)

7) or kva alone may have the same meaning (e. [gana] kva sukham, where is happiness? id est. there is no such thing as happiness, [Śāntiśataka]), [Pañcatantra; Naiṣadha-carita i, 20]

8) (after a negative phrase) how much less? [Rāmāyaṇa i, 67, 10]

9) [kva-kva] or kutra-kva (implying excessive incongruity) where is this? where is that? how distant is this from that? how little does this agree with that? (e.g. kva sūrya-prabhavo vaṃśaḥ kva cālpa-viṣayā matiḥ, how can my limited intellect describe the solar race? [Raghuvaṃśa i, 2]), [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa] etc.

10) kvāpi, anywhere, somewhere, to some place, in a certain place, [Nalopākhyāna; Pañcatantra; Kathāsaritsāgara]

11) sometimes, [Sāhitya-darpaṇa; Hitopadeśa]

12) na kva ca, nowhere, never, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa iv, 29, 64]

13) na kva cana, nowhere, [Mahābhārata xiv, 560]

14) kva cid = kasminiś-cid, [Pañcatantra]

15) anywhere, somewhere, to any place, in a certain place, [Manu-smṛti; Rāmāyaṇa; Śakuntalā] etc.

16) in a certain case, at some time, once upon a time, [Nalopākhyāna; Pañcatantra] etc.

17) sometimes [commentator or commentary]

18) [kvacid-kvacid], here there, here and there, in various places, [Mahābhārata i]

19) now then, now and then, [Rāmāyaṇa iii, 50, 7; Bhartṛhari i, 4]

20) na kvacid, nowhere, never, by no means, [Manu-smṛti; Yājñavalkya; Nalopākhyāna] etc.

21) kvacid api na idem, [Meghadūta]

22) yatra kvāpi, wherever, in whatsoever place, [Bhartṛhari iii, 91]

23) [yatra kva-ca] idem, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Chāndogya-upaniṣad; Lāṭyāyana; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

24) [yatra kva-cana], in or to whatsoever place

25) in any case or matter whatever, [Manu-smṛti ix, 233]

26) whenever, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa v, 21, 9]

27) [yatra kva vātha-tatra tatrāpi], wherever-there, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa i, 17, 36.]

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

Kva (क्व):—adv. Where.

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary (S)

Kva (क्व) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Kao, Kattha, Kahi, Kahiā, Kahiṃ.

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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 (even English!). 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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