Nishphala, Niṣphala, Nitphala: 16 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Niṣphala can be transliterated into English as Nisphala or Nishphala, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Nishfal.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Nighantu (Synonyms and Characteristics of Drugs and technical terms)

Source: Wisdom Library: Raj Nighantu

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

Unclassified Ayurveda definitions

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Niṣphala (निष्फल):—[niṣphalam] 1. Without use / useless 2. without any effect

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Niṣphala (निष्फल) refers to “(that weapon which is) ineffective”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.17 (“The dialogue between Indra and Kāmadeva”).—Accordingly, as Indra said to Kāma: “[...] O dear, for my conquest, the unparallelled thunderbolt has been made. Even that weapon may sometimes be ineffective [i.e., niṣphala] but you are never so. Who can be dearer than the person from whom one derives benefit? Hence you, my greatest friend, must carry out my task. Time being accursed, a great irremediable misery has befallen me. None other than you can dispel it”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

niṣphala (निष्फल).—a (S) pop. niṣphaḷa a Devoid of fruit, lit. fig.

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

niṣphala (निष्फल).—a niṣphaḷa a Devoid of fruit.

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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

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

Niṣphala (निष्फल).—mfn.

(-laḥ-lā-laṃ) 1. Barren, unfruitful. 2. Seedless, impotent. f. (-lā or -lī) A woman past child-bearing: one in whom menstruation has ceased: see niṣkala. E. nir priv. and phala fruit.

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

Niṣphala (निष्फल).—adj., f. . 1. without fruit, [Rāmāyaṇa] 4, 48, 6. 2. fruitless, useless, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 3, 144. 3. unproductive, [Pañcatantra] 174, 19. 4. irrelevant.

Niṣphala is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms nis and phala (फल).

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

Niṣphala (निष्फल).—[adjective] bearing no fruit, fruitless, useless, unsuccessful; [abstract] tva [neuter]

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

1) Niṣphala (निष्फल):—[=niṣ-phala] [from niṣ > niḥ] mf(ā)n. bearing no fruit, fruitless, barren, resultless, successless, useless, vain, [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata; Varāha-mihira; Kāvya literature] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] seedless, impotent, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) Niṣphalā (निष्फला):—[=niṣ-phalā] [from niṣ-phala > niṣ > niḥ] f. a woman past childbearing or menstruation (also ī, [varia lectio] niṣ-kalā), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) [v.s. ...] a species of Momordica, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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

Niṣphala (निष्फल):—[ni-ṣphala] (laḥ-lā-laṃ) a. Barren; impotent. f. Woman past child-bearing.

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

Niṣphala (निष्फल) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Ṇipphala.

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Nishphala in German

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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

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Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Niṣphala (निष्फल) [Also spelled nishfal]:—(a) unavailing; ineffective, infructuous, inefficacious; vain; hence ~[] (nf).

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Kannada-English dictionary

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Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Niṣphala (ನಿಷ್ಫಲ):—

1) [adjective] not yielding, not capable of yielding, fruits.

2) [adjective] not being useful; useless.

3) [adjective] lacking normal function of the testes.

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Niṣphala (ನಿಷ್ಫಲ):—[noun] that which is useless or the quality of being so.

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Niṣphaḷa (ನಿಷ್ಫಳ):—[adjective] = ನಿಷ್ಫಲ [nishphala]1.

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Niṣphaḷa (ನಿಷ್ಫಳ):—[noun] = ನಿಷ್ಫಲ [nishphala]2.

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Nepali dictionary

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Source: unoes: Nepali-English Dictionary

Niṣphala (निष्फल):—adj. 1. not bearing fruit; 2. unsuccessful; fruitless; useless; 3. barren; unproductive; 4. seedless;

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Nepali is the primary language of the Nepalese people counting almost 20 million native speakers. The country of Nepal is situated in the Himalaya mountain range to the north of India.

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