Nada, Nāda, Naḍa: 38 definitions


Nada means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India, Marathi, Jainism, Prakrit, Hindi, biology. 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Naad.

In Hinduism

Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)

Source: Google Books: Manthanabhairavatantram

1) Nāda (नाद) refers to a “fierce, deafening supreme sound” (of mantras), according to the Ambāmatasaṃhitā.—Accordingly, “[...] There is a Liṅga there [i.e., Oṣadhiprastha] made of jewels. There she meditated for a long time. Once attained the one who brings an end to the cause of suffering, she ascended with effort into (the Liṅga). She sported (there) with him, (Śiva) the Bearer of the Half Moon. The goddess meditated for a moment as she abided (there) unconditioned. That Liṅga was split in two and the goddess then arose (out of it). A fierce, deafening supreme Sound (nāda) (of mantras) emerged out of it. [...]”.

2) Nāda (नाद, “sound”) refers to one of the thee forms of the supreme seed-syllable called Haṃsa, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra, a vast sprawling work that belongs to a corpus of Tantric texts concerned with the worship of the goddess Kubjikā.—Accordingly, “That supreme seed-syllable called Haṃsa is located in the heart. Without that there is no perception (of ultimate reality) and one knows nothing. O fair lady, it has three forms, Sound (nāda), Conjunction and Disjunction. O fairhipped lady, one should pay attention to it with effort. Again, the threefold consciousness is present here, which is that of the Self (ātman), Power (śakti) and Śiva. The threefold consciousness abides in a state of invariable union. [...]”.

3) Nāda (नाद) (Cf. Śabdagrāma) refers to “sound”, according to Kṣemarāja in his commentaries on the Netratantra and the Svacchandabhairavatantra, which is well known to the Kubjikā Tantras.—‘Sound’ (nāda) is the name given to the pulse (spanda) of the supreme level of Speech (parā vāc), which animates the highest reality. The Netratantra refers to it as a form of sound that pervades the universe. Kṣemarāja explains that the energy of the higher levels initially manifests in two aspects. One is subjective, as the aggregate of the energies of Speech that function as the denotators (vācaka) of the second aspect, which consists of the aggregate of the energies of Speech, which they denote (vācya). When the initial impulse towards manifestation arises, the energy of consciousness retains the pulse of the second aspect within itself and expresses the pulse of the first aspect in the form of undifferentiated Sound. [...]

4) Nāda (नाद, “sound”) refers to one of the seventeen stages of the rise of kuṇḍalinī, according to Abhinavagupta as drawn from the Devyāyāmala.—Cf. The seventeen syllables [i.e., saptadaśākṣara] of Mantramātā.—[...] These seventeen units [are] to be arranged in as many locations along the axis of the subtle body,  [as was] clearly known to Abhinava. Thus he presents an ascending series marking the stages of the rise of Kuṇḍalinī, the highest stage of which is that of the ‘Pure Self’ heralded by the Transmental just below it. In this set-up, drawn by Abhinavagupta from the Devyāyāmala, there are seventeen stages. These are [e.g., the Sound (nāda), ...].

Jayaratha quotes this [Devyāyāmala] Tantra as a source of [Kālasaṃkarṣiṇī’s] Vidyā consisting of seventeen syllables. As the Devyāyāmala tells us that these places are related to the recitation of mantra, we may conclude that the seventeen syllables are contemplated in these seventeen places [e.g., Sound (nāda)]. Accordingly, the Wheel of the Self can be said to be at the end of (i.e. after) the sixteen [i.e., ṣoḍaśānta].

5) Nāda (नाद) refers to “sound”, which is associated with the Sādākhyāgranthi, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā, an expansion of the Kubjikāmatatantra: the earliest popular and most authoritative Tantra of the Kubjikā cult.—Accordingly, “(15) Īśvarī is in the cavity (between) the eyebrows and (16) the one called Sadāśiva (sādākhyā) is in the Sound (nāda). And Vāgbhava (AIṂ) is above the Triple Fort (trikoṭi). [...]”.

6) Nāda (नाद) refers to “five kinds of sound”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā.—Accordingly, “Sound (nāda) has arisen from Resonance (dhvani) and is said to be of five kinds as 1) subtle (sūkṣma), 2) very subtle (susūkṣma), 3) manifest (vyakta), 4) unmanifest (avyakta), and 5) artificial (kṛtrima). It is placed within the half-portion of the Self, in the lower place. From there it brings about emanation, which is of many forms. [...]”.

7) Nada (नद) refers to “rivers” or “rivulets”, according to the Ṣaṭsāhasrasaṃhitā.—Accordingly, “The venerable great lord of Oḍra resides in the cavity in the Middle Land. It is (Oḍḍiyāna) the first (sacred seat) and, yellow in colour, it has mountains, forests, and groves, large and small, and is adorned with golden walls. It has rivers and rivulets [i.e., nadī-nada-samākīrṇa] and many (other) things. [...]”.

8) Nāda (नाद) is the name of a sacred place classified as a Pīṭha, according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—The eight seats are the main group of eight groups [i.e., Nāda] of eight types of sacred sites. The figure sixty-four is a common ideal number as it is often configured into eight groups of eight.

9) Nāda (नाद) refers to one of the eight Bhairavas (bhairava-aṣṭaka) associated with Avyaktapīṭha (i.e., ‘the unmanifest seat’ representing the act of churning—manthāna), according to the Manthānabhairavatantra.—[...] The eight Bhairavas (bhairavāṣṭaka): Nitya, Nāda, Aja, Kāraṇa, Avyaya, Sarvaga, Śāśvata, Sthāṇu.

Source: Manblunder: Maha Shodashi Mantra Explained

Nāda is Consciousness about to manifest as the universe. It also means subtle sound. This can be best explained by ṃ. There is no other way to explain this. It is like humming nasal sound. The sound made after closing both the lips is nāda. Without nāda, bindu cannot be effective as bindu cannot be pronounced separately. Nādabindu refers to the union of Śiva and Śakti, where Nāda means Śakti and bindu means Śiva.

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)

Nāda (नाद) refers to the “sound (of the rain clouds)”, according to Sāhib Kaul’s Śārikāstrotra.—Accordingly, “[...] My mind does not strive after the divine state, just as a woman giving birth never craves enjoyment. Having gained perfect devotion to you it sings like a peacock who has heard the sound of the rain clouds (megha-nāda). There is no place where you do not reside; there is no voice in which you are not expressed. There is no word in which you are not heard; there is no thing in which you do not shine. [...]”.

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Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Nāda (नाद).—See under Pāṭṭu.

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

1) Nāda (नाद, “sound”) refers to Śiva while Bindu refers to Śakti (power), as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “the entire universe consisting of the movable and the immovable is of the nature of Bindu (dot) and Nāda (sound). Bindu is Śakti (Power) and Śiva is Nāda. Hence the universe is pervaded by Śiva and Śakti. Bindu is the support of Nāda. The universe has the support of Bindu. Both Bindu and Nāda together support the entire universe. The unification of the Bindu and the Nāda is called Sakalīkaraṇa and the universe takes its birth as a result of this Sakalīkaraṇa. The Phallic emblem is the fusion of Bindu and Nāda and is the cause of the universe. Bindu is the goddess and Śiva is the Nāda and the fusion of the two is the phallic emblem of Śiva. Hence to ward off future births, the devotee shall worship the phallic emblem of Śiva. Goddess of the form of Bindu is the mother and Śiva of the form of Nāda is the father”.

Note: Nāda is a nasal sound represented by a semicircle and used as an abbreviation in mystical words.—Cf. Śivapurāṇa 2.3.48—Nāda is a mystical sound identical with Śiva which symbolises his mystical origin.

2) Nāda (नाद, “sound”) is the name of a sound made by Śiva pervading the three worlds (trailokya), according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.19. Accordingly, as Śiva thought to himself:—“[...] thinking thus, Rudra, desirous of carrying out the wish of Śiva (the supreme Brahman) sounded his drum that gave out the divine Nāda. Its resonant, reverberating sound pervaded the three worlds heightening enthusiasm and called upon everyone in diverse ways. On hearing that, Viṣṇu, Brahmā and other deities, sages, the persons well-versed in Āgamas, Nigamas and Siddhas, Devas and Asuras came there with great delight. The Pramathas too reached that place from different quarters. The leaders of Gaṇas revered by the whole world and of high fortune arrived there”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Nāda (नाद).—A sage of the Cākṣuṣa epoch.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 9. 22.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Nada (नद) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.55) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Nada) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: McGill: The architectural theory of the Mānasāra

Nāda (नाद).—The evolution of the material world is camplemented by that of the world of language encompassing transcendent, subtle and gross sounds. The transcendent sound-principle is nāda, fram which evolve articulate speech, letters, syllables, words and sentences. Nāda complements bindu, the transcendent material-principle. This is the fundamental principle of the science of mantras, and hence their relevance in building rites. The potency of the seed syllables (bīja) owes to the conceived undifferentiated unity of nāda and bindu in them.

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Nāda (नाद).—(l) voice; resonance; tone; the sound caused by the vibration of the vocal chords in the open glottis when the air passes through them; cf. वर्णाोत्पत्त्यनन्तरभावी अनुरणनरूपः शब्दः नादः (varṇāोtpattyanantarabhāvī anuraṇanarūpaḥ śabdaḥ nādaḥ) Uddyota on M. Bh. on P. I. 1.9; cf. also संवृते कण्ठे यः शब्दः क्रियते स नादसंज्ञो भवति (saṃvṛte kaṇṭhe yaḥ śabdaḥ kriyate sa nādasaṃjño bhavati) T. Pr. II. 4; (2) sound, articulate sound generally without sense, which is momentary; (3) the highest sound. See परा (parā).

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Vyakarana (व्याकरण, vyākaraṇa) refers to Sanskrit grammar and represents one of the six additional sciences (vedanga) to be studied along with the Vedas. Vyakarana concerns itself with the rules of Sanskrit grammar and linguistic analysis in order to establish the correct context of words and sentences.

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Shiksha (linguistics: phonetics, phonology etc.)

Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Language and Grammar (shiksha)

Nāda (नाद, “voiced”) refers to a type of ābhyantara (“internal effort”) of articulation (uccāraṇa) according to Indian linguistic tradition (viz., śikṣā, ‘phonetics’, vyakaraṇa, ‘grammar’, nirukta, etymology’ and chandas, ‘prosody’.). Nāda (voiced) occurs, for instance, when pronouncing ga.

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Shiksha (शिक्षा, śikṣā) deals with Sanskrit linguistics and represents a branch of vedanga (vedic ancillary science). Shiksha deals with subjects such as phonetics, phonology, study of sound, letters of the Sanskrit alphabet and related topics. Much attention is also given to the study of recitation (patha) of Vedic verses.

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Gitashastra (science of music)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (gita)

Nāda (नाद) (or Śabda) refers to “sound” and represents the “soul of vocal Music”, according to the Saṃgītaratnākara.—In ancient time, the ṛṣis have the power to realise the existence of natural forces and united themselves with the natural powers. In Vedic time the sages used to believe the natural elements such as Agni, Indra, Varuṇa etc. as their gods and eulogized them with some stutis i.e., prayers. The stutis are basically the Ṛgvedic mantras which are composed with tune and melody in the Sāmaveda to worship the deities. In the Saṃgītaratnākara also, it is said that deities are pleased with the vocal Music. So, it can be said that the Vedic mantras are the foremost form of vocal music.

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Gitashastra (गीतशास्त्र, gītaśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science of Music (gita or samgita), which is traditionally divided in Vocal music, Instrumental music and Dance (under the jurisdiction of music). The different elements and technical terms are explained in a wide range of (often Sanskrit) literature.

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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Nāda (नाद) refers to the “(internal) sound”, according to the Haṭharatnāvalī (4.6) and the Nādabindūpaniṣat (40).—Accordingly, “Then, having become detached through constant practice, the self-restrained [Yogin] should immediately fix his attention solely on the [internal] sound (nāda), which is a cause of the no-mind state”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Google Books: Sacred Sanskrit Words

Nāda means “sound” or “tone” and “universal pulse of life” or “flowing stream of consciousness.” In yoga, nāda refers to the nasal sound often found in mystical words.

Source: Google Books: Tantra, Its Mystic and Scientific Basis

The Nāda or Śabda is the first expression of creation. The Śabda Brahman is the cause of the manifest and differentiated word and meaning or the subtle and crude objects. Without understanding the meaning and significance of sphoṭa or the eternal word, one cannot become one with Brahman. The Supreme Bliss is accomplished only after the removal of Nāda-Bindu ignorance. Tantra prescribes Nāda-Bindu Yoga for the attainment of supreme oneness with Parama Śiva.

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Naḍa (नड, ‘reed’) is mentioned in the Rigveda as growing in lakes, and in the Atharvaveda is described as vārṣika, ‘produced in the rains’. Reeds were used, after being split, for making mats, a work carried out by women. They are frequently mentioned elsewhere. See also Nada.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā

Nada (नद) refers to a “river”, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly, as the Lord said to the Bodhisattva Ratnaśrī: “[...] That Kāyabandhana universe was, son of good family, thriving, prosperous, safe, well-provided, filled with a great multitude of men, adorned with seven precious jewels, peaceful and delightful, pleasant to touch like a soft cloth, displayed by the lotus of gold from the Jāmbū river (jāmbū-nada-padma), decorated with all kinds of luminous jewels, patterned like a chess-board, and even like the palm of the hand. Just like the enjoyment and entertainment of the Paranirmitavaśavartin gods, all the people in that universe, staying in celestial palace and pavilions, enjoyed food and drink as they wished”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)

Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (tantric Buddhism)

Nāda (नाद) refers to “internal resonance”, according to the Vimalaprabhā: an eleventh-century commentary on the Kālacakratantra.—The Vimalaprabhā explains the term haṭhayoga as the name of a type of yoga that forces prāṇa (‘vitality’) into the central channel through a practice involving nāda (‘internal resonance’) and retention of bindu (‘generative fluids’).

Source: OSU Press: Cakrasamvara Samadhi

Nāda (नाद) refers to a “roar”, according to the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi [i.e., Cakrasamvara Meditation] ritual often performed in combination with the Cakrasaṃvara Samādhi, which refers to the primary pūjā and sādhanā practice of Newah Mahāyāna-Vajrayāna Buddhists in Nepal.—Accordingly, “An enemy's lopped head! Pouring poison in the mouth, a sweet loose roar (svādu-mukta-nādā), Raised left above the jaws, in the most beautiful way, a face fixed in anger”.

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Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.

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India history and geography

Source: What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras

Nāḍa is a term referring to an administrative region during the rule of Kannaḍa-speaking Śilāhāra dynasty (r. 765-1215 A.D.).—The deśa (administrative unit) was there divided into nāḍas or khollas. Thus the territory round Kolhāpur was known as Eḍenāḍa. It had several khollas or gollas.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Naḍa.—(IE 8-6), same as nala, a measuring rod. Note: naḍa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Nada in India is the name of a plant defined with Lobelia nicotianaefolia in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Lobelia nicotianifolia Roth ex Schultes (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Current Science (1981)
· Species Plantarum (1753)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nāda : (m.) roar; sound.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Nāda, (Sk. nāda, see nadati) loud sound, roaring, roar J. I, 19 (sīha°), 50 (koñca°), 150 (mahā°). Cp. pa°. (Page 349)

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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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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

naḍa (नड).—f An impediment, hinderance, obstruction, let. 2 Annoyance, molestation, infestation, plague. Ex. tyācē gharīṃ pāhuṇyāñcī naḍa phāra āhē. v paḍa, hō.

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nada (नद).—m (S) A river. Applied only to rivers of which the personification is male. See the enumeration under saptanada. In the Puran̤s there are others however; such as uthya, bhidya &c.

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nāḍa (नाड).—f (nāḍī S) Any tubular organ of the body; an artery, a vein, an intestine. 2 The pulse. v pāha. 3 The tape (of drawers &c.) 4 n A tube; a joint of bamboo or other hollow wood. 5 A tube for giving medicines to cattle, a drenching tube. 6 f (Commonly nāḍī) A division of the nakṣatrēṃ. nāḍa sāmpaḍaṇēṃ g. of s. To discover one's natural temper or disposition. nāḍī aṭapaṇēṃ g. of s. To be on the point of death: also to be reduced to incapability of further exertion. nāḍī dākhaviṇēṃ (Here nāḍa is pl.) To show (offer to be felt) the pulse. nāḍī pāhaṇēṃ To feel the pulse.

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nāḍā (नाडा).—m A rope or cord: but, par eminence, the rope of a draw-well; the draw-rope or traces of vehicles; the load-rope or binding rope of carts; the rope by which boats are swung across a river; a track-rope or tow-rope: the colored and twisted cord worn around the wrist during the Muharram; the cordage of a ship; the tape or string by which drawers &c. are drawn around the waist and tied; the rope of rope-dancers. 2 A strap, thong, or leash of leather. 3 C A rope-dancer's or tumbler's pole, a poy. 4 A drenching tube. 5 Standing on the head. nāḍā pasaraṇēṃ g. of s. (To have one's cart-traces draggling or lying about.) To have extensive or disorderly affairs.

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nāda (नाद).—m (S) Sound or noise; esp. a prolonged or continuing sound, or a reverberated sound. Hence nādānta asaṇēṃ or nādīṃ lāgaṇēṃ-bharaṇēṃ-paḍaṇēṃ- lāvaṇēṃ To be or to keep under the hum and buzz of; i. e. to pursue intently and devotedly; to be engrossed by the desire or contemplation of. Ex. mī gēlōṃ tēvhāṃ tō lihiṇyācē nādānta bōlaṇyācē nādānta &c. hōtā; hā gṛhastha tyā rāṇḍēcē nādīṃ lāgalā. nāda jāṇēṃ g. of s. (To be lost or spoiled--the true sound of a vessel &c., as from a crack. To be no more--one's credit or great name. nāda davaḍaṇēṃ or ghālaviṇēṃ To destroy one's credit or great name. nāda lāvaṇēṃ To draw after; to hold in expectation; to make to dance attendance. See nādīṃ lāvaṇēṃ. nādānēṃ nāda Quarrel from quarrel. v hō, cāla, vāḍha, lāga.

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

naḍa (नड).—f An impediment, obstruction. An- noyance.

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nada (नद).—m A river.

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nāḍa (नाड).—f See nā़ḍī.

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nāḍā (नाडा).—m A rope or cord: but, par eminence the rope of a draw-well. The coloured and twisted cord worn

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nāda (नाद).—m Sound or noise; a prolonged sound. nādānta asaṇēṃ or nāndī lāgaṇēṃ-bharaṇēṃ-paḍaṇēṃ- lāvaṇēṃ To be or to keep under the hum and buzz of; to pursue intently and devotedly; to be engrossed by the desire or contemplation of. nāda jāṇēṃ To be lost or spoiled-the true sound of a vessel &c. as from a crack. To be no more-one's credit or great name. nāda davaḍaṇēṃ or ghālaviṇēṃ To destroy one's credit or great name. nāda lāvaṇēṃ To draw after, to hold in expectation; make to dance. See nādīṃ lāvaṇēṃ. nādānēṃ nāda Quarrel from quarrel.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Naḍa (नड).—A species of reed.

-ḍaḥ 1 Name of a prince with patronymic Naiṣadha (= nalanaiṣadha); see नल (nala).

2) Name of a tribe preparing a sort of bracelets.

Derivable forms: naḍaḥ (नडः), naḍam (नडम्).

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Nada (नद).—[nadati śabdāyate-ac]

1) A river, great river (such as the Indus); दधद्भिरभितस्तटौ विकचवारिजाम्बू नदैः (dadhadbhirabhitastaṭau vikacavārijāmbū nadaiḥ) Śiśupālavadha 4.66 (where Malli. remarks:-prāksrotaso nadyaḥ pratyaksrotaso nadā narmadāṃ vinetyāhuḥ)

2) A stream, flowing stream, rivulet; सुनिनदैर्नदैर्वृतम् (suninadairnadairvṛtam) Kirātārjunīya 5.27.

3) The ocean.

4) Ved. A horse.

5) A cloud.

6) A praiser (ṛṣi).

Derivable forms: nadaḥ (नदः).

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Nāḍa (नाड).—= नाल (nāla) q. v.

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Nāda (नाद).—[nad-ghañ]

1) A loud roar, cry, shout, sounding, roaring; सिंहनादः, घन° (siṃhanādaḥ, ghana°) &c.

2) A sound in general; Mālatīmādhava (Bombay) 5.2; न नादेन विना गीतं न नादेन विना स्वरः । न नादेन विना रागस्तस्मान्नादात्मकं जगत् (na nādena vinā gītaṃ na nādena vinā svaraḥ | na nādena vinā rāgastasmānnādātmakaṃ jagat) || Saṅgītadāmodara.

3) (In Yoga phil.) The nasal sound represented by a semicircle.

4) One who praises.

Derivable forms: nādaḥ (नादः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Naḍa (नड).—name of a nāga: Mahāvyutpatti 3311.

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Nāḍa (नाड).—(Sanskrit Lex.; = Sanskrit nāla, § 2.46), stalk: Saddharmapuṇḍarīka 122.4; 127.5.

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Nāda (नाद).—according to mss. for nāḍa = nāla, stalk (of a flower): padumehi…nīla-vaiḍūrya-nādehi Mahāvastu ii.302.1 (prose), so mss.; Senart em. °nāḍīhi.

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

Naḍa (नड) or Nala.—m.

(-ḍaḥ or -laḥ) 1. A sort of reed, (Arundo tibialis, or karka;) also nala. 2. A particular tribe whose employment is making a sort of glass bracelets. E. naḍ to be thick, affix ac . nala vandhe ac vā ḍasya-laḥ .

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Nada (नद).—m.

(-daḥ) A river, applied only to one of which the personification is male, as the Bramhaputra, Sone, Indus, &c. f. (-dī) A river in general; the common personification of rivers being female E. nad to sound, affix ac, fem. affix ṅīp .

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Nāda (नाद).—m.

(-daḥ) 1. Sound in general. 2. A semicircle, used especially as an abbreviation or hieroglyphic in mystical works. E. nad to sound, affix ghañ .

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

Naḍa (नड).—probably a form of narta, m. (and n.), Reed.

— Cf. nala.

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Nada (नद).—[nad + a], I. m. A river, Mahābhārata 1, 8730. A male river, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 6, 90. Ii. f. , A river, 3, 9; a female river, 6, 90.

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Nāda (नाद).—i. e. nad + a, m. 1. Roaring, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 29, 12. 2. Sound, cry, Mahābhārata 4, 1885; 14, 2694. 3. A semicircle representing the nasal sound, [Bhāgavata-Purāṇa, (ed. Burnouf.)] 7, 15, 53.

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

Naḍa (नड).—[masculine] a species of reed.

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Nada (नद).—[masculine] roarer, bellower, neigher, [especially] bull, stallion, etc; also reed, rush, sedge; river, stream. [feminine] nadī flowing water, river; a kind of fem. themes in ī or ū ([grammar]).

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Nāda (नाद).—[masculine] loud sound, cry, roaring, thunder, sound or noise i.[grammar]

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

1) Naḍa (नड):—[from naḍ] (or naLa) m. ([cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.] also n.) a species of reed, Arundo Tibialis or Karka, [Ṛg-veda; Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] Name of a prince with the [patronymic] Naishidhs, [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa] (= Nala Naiṣadha [Scholiast or Commentator])

3) [v.s. ...] of a Nāga, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] of a [particular] tribe whose employment is making a sort of glass bracelet, [Horace H. Wilson] (cf. nala).

5) Nada (नद):—[from nad] m. a roarer, bellower, thunderer, crier, neigher etc. (as a cloud, horse, bull, met. a man, [i, 179, 4 ]), [Ṛg-veda]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of [Ṛg-veda viii, 58, 2] (beginning with nadam), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Śāṅkhāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

7) [v.s. ...] a river (if thought of as male ifc. ind (-nadam). ; cf. nadī), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

8) [v.s. ...] = naḍa, reed, [Ṛg-veda i, 32, 8]

9) [v.s. ...] [according to] to some also, ‘the penis’.

10) Nāḍa (नाड):—n. ([from] naḍa) = nāla, a hollow stalk, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

11) Nāḍā (नाडा):—[from nāḍa] f. Name of a [particular] verse, [Vaitāna-sūtra]

12) Nāda (नाद):—m. (√nad) a loud sound, roaring, bellowing, crying, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc.

13) any sound or tone, [Prātiśākhya; Rāmāyaṇa] etc. (= śabda, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.])

14) (in the Yoga) the nasal sound represented by a semicircle and used as an abbreviation in mystical words, [Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

15) a praiser (= stotṛ), [Naighaṇṭuka, commented on by Yāska iii, 16.]

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

1) Naḍa (नड):—(ḍaḥ) 1. m. A sort of reed; maker of glass bracelets.

2) Nada (नद):—(daḥ) 1. m. A river. f. ()

3) Nāda (नाद):—(daḥ) 1. m. Sound in general; a mystical semicircle.

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

Nada (नद) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit words: Ṇada, Ṇala, Ṇāya.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

1) Nada (नद) [Also spelled nad]:—(nm) a big river.

2) Nāḍā (नाडा):—(nm) trousers' string, tape inserted in the upper part of the trousers for binding it round the waist.

3) Nāda (नाद) [Also spelled naad]:—(nm) a sound, musical sound; noise; (nf) see [nāṃda].

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Prakrit-English dictionary

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

1) Ṇaḍa (णड) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Gup.

2) Ṇaḍa (णड) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Naṭa.

3) Ṇada (णद) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Nad.

4) Ṇada (णद) also relates to the Sanskrit word: Nada.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Naḍa (ನಡ):—[noun] the grass Arundo bengalensis of Poaceae family; ribbon grass.

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Nada (ನದ):—

1) [noun] the act or an instance of making loud and confused sounds.

2) [noun] loud or confused shouting; any loud, discordant or disagreeable sound or sounds; noise.

3) [noun] a big and noisy river.

4) [noun] the great body of salt water; ocean.

5) [noun] a visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air, which is the source of rain water; a cloud.

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Nāda (ನಾದ):—

1) [noun] that which is perceived through the auditory nerves; the auditory sensation; sound.

2) [noun] any auditory effect that is distinctive or characteristic of its source as a musical note, human voice, etc.

3) [noun] (phil.) one of the modes of manifestation or a state of the Supreme.

4) [noun] (myth.) one of the hells.

5) [noun] an excessive interest in or enthusiasm for something; craze; monomania.

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Nāda (ನಾದ):—[noun] the plant Rourea santaloides of Connaraceae family; naval wort; (?).

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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