U; 6 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

U (उ).—(l) labial vowel standing for the long ऊ (ū) and protracted ऊ3 in Pāṇini's grammar unless the consonant त् (t) is affixed to it, उत् (ut) standing for the short उ (u) only: (2) Vikaraṇa affix उ (u) of the 8th conjugation (तनादिगण (tanādigaṇa)) and the roots धिन्व् (dhinv) and कृण्व् (kṛṇv);cf.P.III. 1.79-80; (3) substitute (उ) for the vowel अ (a) of कृ (kṛ),e.g. कुरुतः, कृर्वन्ति (kurutaḥ, kṛrvanti) before weak Sārvadhātuka affixes, cf.P.VI 4.110; (4) kṛt. affix उ (u) added to bases ending in सन् (san) and the roots आशंस्, भिक्ष्, विद्, इष् (āśaṃs, bhikṣ, vid, iṣ) as also to bases ending in क्यच् (kyac) in the Vedic Literature,e.g. चिकीर्षुः भिक्षुः, बिन्दुः,इच्छुः,सुम्नयु (cikīrṣuḥ bhikṣuḥ, binduḥ, icchuḥ, sumnayu); cf. P. III. 2.168-170; (5) Uṅādi affix उ (u) (उण् (uṇ)) e.g, कारुः, वायुः, साधुः (kāruḥ, vāyuḥ, sādhuḥ), etc.; cf. Uṅādi I.1; (6) mute vowel उ (u) added to the first letters of a class of consonants in Pāṇini's grammar to show the whole class of the five letters; e.g. कु, चु, टु, तु, पु (ku, cu, ṭu, tu, pu) which stand for the Guttural, the palatal the lingual, the dental and the labial classes respectively; cf. also ष्टुना ष्टुः (ṣṭunā ṣṭuḥ) P.VIII.4.41(7) उ (u) added to न् (n) showing the consonant न् (n) as nasalized n; cf, नुः (nuḥ) V.Pr. III.133.

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Ū (ऊ).—Long vowel ऊ, उ (ū, u) being the short vowel.

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar
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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

1) U (उ).—The letter 'u' means Śiva. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 348).

2) Ū (ऊ).—This letter means 'protection'. (Agni Purāṇa, Chapter 348).

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
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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

u (उ).—

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u (उ).—The fifth vowel; corresponding with u in full, and here represented by U. 2 (ud or ut S) An inseparable particle and prefix to verbs, implying contrariety of action, privation, deterioration &c.: as usaviṇēṃ, upikaṇēṃ, ulagaḍaṇēṃ, ucakaṭaṇēṃ, upiṭhaṇēṃ, uvaḷaṇēṃ.

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ū (ऊ).—

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ū (ऊ).—The sixth vowel. It corresponds with U in Rule, and is here represented by U'.

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ū (ऊ).—f (yūkā S) A louse. The plural is uvā shortened into .

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

u (उ).—The fifth vowel.

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u (उ).—f A louse. uilā a Lousy.

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ū (ऊ).—The sixth vowel. f A louse.

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ū (ऊ).—interj How? Eh? What? f A louse.

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

U (उ).—I. 1 Ā. (avate, ūve, auṣṭa, otum, uta)

1) To sound, make a noise.

2) To roar, bellow (as a bull &c.). -II 5 P. (unoti) Ved. To ask, demand.

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U (उ).—1 Name of Śiva, the second of the three syllables in ओम् (om); see अ (a).

2) Name of Brahmā.

3) The orb of the moon; cf. also उर्गौरीपतिरुः कालः सेतुर्नाथः परायणः । नारदोऽर्कोऽनिलः पाशी मार्कण्डेयोऽथ रावणः (urgaurīpatiruḥ kālaḥ seturnāthaḥ parāyaṇaḥ | nārado'rko'nilaḥ pāśī mārkaṇḍeyo'tha rāvaṇaḥ) || Ek. -ind.

1) As a particle used expletively; उ उमेशः (u umeśaḥ) Sk.

2) An interjection of :-(a) calling; उ मेति मात्रा तपसो निषिद्धा पश्चादुमाख्यां सुमुखी जगाम (u meti mātrā tapaso niṣiddhā paścādumākhyāṃ sumukhī jagāma) Ku.1.26; (b) anger; (c) compassion; (d) command; (e) acceptance; (f) interrogation; उ मेति मात्रा तपसो निषिद्धा (u meti mātrā tapaso niṣiddhā) Ku.1.26. (g) wonder; यत्सन्निधावहमु खाण्डवमग्नयेऽदाम् (yatsannidhāvahamu khāṇḍavamagnaye'dām) Bhāg.1.15.8. or used merely as an expletive. In the Veda used as an enclitic copula implying restriction and emphasis (and, but, on the other hand, now, I ask &c.); in classical literature used chiefly with अथ (atha) (atho), न (na) (no) and किम् (kim) (kimu); see these words. उ-उ (u-u) or उत (uta) on the one hand-on the other hand, partly-partly.

Derivable forms: uḥ (उः).

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Ū (ऊ).—[avatīti, ava-kvip ūṭh]

1) Name of Śiva.

2) The moon.

3) A protector; cf. ऊः परेतोऽण्डजस्त्वष्टा विवस्वानग्निसारथिः । वह्निर्निशाकरः पूर्णो दरिद्री सरमा- धिपः (ūḥ pareto'ṇḍajastvaṣṭā vivasvānagnisārathiḥ | vahnirniśākaraḥ pūrṇo daridrī saramā- dhipaḥ) || Ek. -ind.

1) A particle used to introduce a subject.

2) An interjection of (a) calling; (b) of compassion; (c) protection.

Derivable forms: ūḥ (ऊः).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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