Y: 3 definitions


Y means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil. 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.

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In Hinduism

Vyakarana (Sanskrit grammar)

Source: Wikisource: A dictionary of Sanskrit grammar

Y (य्).—(l) a consonant of the palatal class, called semivowel or अन्तःस्थ (antaḥstha) (spelt as अन्तस्थ (antastha) also), possessed of the properties संवृतत्व, नाद, घोष (saṃvṛtatva, nāda, ghoṣa) and अनुनासिकत्व (anunāsikatva) in addition; (2) a substitute for म् (m) when that म् (m) is followed by ह् (h) which is followed by य् (y). e. g. किंय्ह्यः (kiṃyhyaḥ) cf. यवलपरे यवला वा (yavalapare yavalā vā). P. VIII. 3. 26 Vart.l ; (3) य् (y) looked upon as possessed of a very little effort in production i. e. which appears as almost dropped but not completely dropped when its elision is prescribed at the end of a word. e. g-भोय् अच्युत (bhoy acyuta); cf. व्योर्लधुप्रयत्नतरः शाकटायनस्य (vyorladhuprayatnataraḥ śākaṭāyanasya) P. VIII. 3.18.

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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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Hindi dictionary

Source: DDSA: A practical Hindi-English dictionary

Y in Hindi refers in English to:—first of the [ya, ra, la, va] series of the Devnagri: alphabet, traditionally called [amta:stha] (semivowels). Modern Phoneticians, however, regard only [ya] and [va] as semi-vowels..—y (य) is alternatively transliterated as Ya.

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Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Y (ய்) . The 11th consonant, liquid palatal.

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Y (ய்) particle A participle indicating the past tense; இறந்தகாலவிடைநிலை. ஆய், போயது [iranthagalavidainilai. ay, poyathu] (தொல். சொல். [thol. sol.] 230, உரை [urai]). (வீரசோழீயம் தாது. [virasozhiyam thathu.] 7.) (இலக்கண விளக்கம் [ilakkana vilakkam] 47, உரை. [urai.])

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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