Sisa, Sīsa, Śiśa, Shisa: 11 definitions


Sisa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, 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.

The Sanskrit term Śiśa can be transliterated into English as Sisa or Shisha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Arcana-dipika - 3rd Edition

Śiśa (शिश) refers to the “winter” season and represents the months Pauṣa to Phālguna (mid January to mid March) and is one of the six “seasons” (ṛtu).—According to the Vedic calendar, there are six different seasons, which correspond to the twelve months of the year.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

Sīsa (सीस, ‘lead’) occurs first in the Atharvaveda, where it is mentioned as used for amulets. The word is then quite common. The use of lead by the weaver as a weight is perhaps also referred to.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

sīsa : (nt.) the head; the highest point; an ear of corn; heading of an article; the lead.

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

1) Sīsa, 2 (nt.) (Vedic śīrṣa: see under sira) 1. the head (of the body) Vin. I, 8; A. I, 207; Sn. 199, 208, p. 80; J. I, 74; II, 103; sīsaṃ nahāta, one who has performed an ablution of the head D. II, 172; PvA. 82; āditta-sīsa, one whose turban has caught fire S. I, 108; III, 143; V, 440; A. II, 93; sīsato towards the head Mhvs 25, 93; adho-sīsa, head first J. I, 233.—2. highest part, top, front: bhūmi° hill, place of vantage Dpvs 15, 26; J. II, 406; caṅkamana° head of the cloister Vism. 121; saṅgāma° front of the battle Pug. 69; J. I, 387; megha° head of the cloud J. I, 103. In this sense also opposed to pāda (foot), e.g. sopāṇa° head (& foot) of the stairs DhA. I, 115. Contrasted with sama (plain) Ps. I, 101 sq.—3. chief point Ps. I, 102.—4. panicle, ear (of rice or crops) A. IV, 169; DA. I, 118.—5. head, heading (as subdivision of a subject), as “chanda-sīsa citta-sīsa” grouped under chanda & citta Vism. 376. Usually instr °sīsena “under the heading (or category) of, ” e.g. citta° Vism. 3; paribhoga° J. II, 24; saññā° DhsA. 200; kammaṭṭhāna° DhA. III, 159.

2) Sīsa, 1 (nt.) (cp. Sk. sīsa) lead D. II, 351; S. V, 92; Miln. 331; VbhA. 63 (=kāḷa-tipu); a leaden coin J. I, 7; °-kāra a worker in lead Miln. 331; °-maya leaden Vin. I, 190. (Page 713)

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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

śisā (शिसा).—m ( P) A bottle, a decanter, a flagon, a goblet, a glass jug. 2 also śiṃsā A honey-comb. 3 (Or śisavā) Blackwood tree, Dalbergia Sisu.

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śīsa (शीस) [or शींस, śīṃsa].—n (śīrṣa S Head.) The just-formed fruit of cucurbitaceous plants appearing as a knob or head behind the flower.

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sīsa (सीस).—& sīsaka n S Lead.

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

sīsa (सीस).—or-sīsa m A Frenchman.

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śisā (शिसा).—m A bottle, a flagon, a decanter.

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śisā (शिसा).—m A honeycomb.

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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

Sīsa (सीस).—Lead; ताम्रायः कांस्यरैत्यानां त्रपुणः सीसकस्य च । शौचं यथार्हं कर्तव्यं क्षारा- म्लोदकवारिभिः (tāmrāyaḥ kāṃsyaraityānāṃ trapuṇaḥ sīsakasya ca | śaucaṃ yathārhaṃ kartavyaṃ kṣārā- mlodakavāribhiḥ) || Ms.5.114; Y.1.19.

Derivable forms: sīsam (सीसम्).

See also (synonyms): sīsaka, sīsapatraka, sīsapatra.

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

Sīsa (सीस).—n.

(-saṃ) Lead. E. ṣi to bind, kvip aff.; or ṣo to destroy, aff. ka .

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

Sīsa (सीस).—[neuter] lead.

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

1) Sīsa (सीस):—n. (of doubtful derivation) lead (also used as money), [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] etc. etc.

2) the leaden weight used by weavers, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

3) mf(ā)n. leaden, of lead, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Lāṭyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

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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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