Vacas: 9 definitions


Vacas means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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 Vachas.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Vacas (वचस्) refers to the “words (of the wise)”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.34 (“The Story of Anaraṇya”).—Accordingly, after king Anaraṇya was advised: “On hearing the words of the wise (prājña-vacas), the king lamented again and again but ultimately offered his daughter fully bedecked in ornaments to the excellent sage. O mountain, accepting and marrying the beautiful maiden Padmā, on a par with goddess Lakṣmī, in accordance with holy laws, the delighted sage returned to his abode. [...]”.

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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

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vacas (वचस्).—n.

1) A speech, word, sentence; उवाच धात्र्या प्रथमोदितं वचः (uvāca dhātryā prathamoditaṃ vacaḥ) R.3.25,47; इत्यव्यभिचारि तद्वचः (ityavyabhicāri tadvacaḥ) Kumārasambhava 5. 36; वचस्तत्र प्रयोक्तव्यं यत्रोक्तं लभते फलम् (vacastatra prayoktavyaṃ yatroktaṃ labhate phalam) Subhāṣ.

2) A command, order, precept, injunction.

3) Advice, counsel.

4) A hymn.

5) Singing, a song of birds.

7) (In gram.) Number.

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

Vacas (वचस्).—n.

(-caḥ) 1. Speech, voice. 2. Words. 3. A sentence. 4. Advice. 5. Command. 6. Number, (in gram.) E. vac to speak, asun aff.

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

Vacas (वचस्).—[vac + as], n. 1. Speech, [Pañcatantra] iii. [distich] 113. 2. Words, a word, [Vikramorvaśī, (ed. Bollensen.)] [distich] 50. 3. Order, Chr. 12, 27. 4. Sentence, [Pañcatantra] 167, 7. 5. Voice, [Ṛtusaṃhāra] 6, 21.

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

Vacas (वचस्).—[neuter] speech, word, song; counsel, advice.

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

1) Vacas (वचस्):—[from vac] 1. vacas n. (for 2. See p. 914, col. 2) speech, voice, word, [Ṛg-veda] etc. etc. (casāmpatiḥ Name of Bṛhaspati, [Laghujātaka, by Varāha-mihira])

2) [v.s. ...] singing, song (of birds), [Ṛtusaṃhāra]

3) [v.s. ...] advice, direction, command, order, [Mahābhārata; Kāvya literature] etc. (vacaḥ-√kṛ, with [genitive case], ‘to follow the advice of’; vacasā mama, ‘on my advice’)

4) [v.s. ...] an oracular utterance (declarative of some future fate or destiny), [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

5) [v.s. ...] a sentence, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] (in gram.) number (See dvi-v).

7) [from vañc] 2. vacas mfn. (for 1. See p. 912, col. 3) in adhovacas, q.v.

8) Vācas (वाचस्):—[from vāc] 1. vācas See vi-vācas and sa-vācas.

9) [v.s. ...] 2. vācas [genitive case] of vāc, in [compound]

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

Vacas (वचस्):—(caḥ) 5. n. Speech, voice.

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

Vacas (वचस्) in the Sanskrit language is related to the Prakrit word: Vaya.

[Sanskrit to German]

Vacas 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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