• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Kiva A large chamber built under, or in, the houses of a Pueblo village, used as an assembly room in religious rites or as a men's dormitory. It is commonly lighted and entered from an opening in the roof.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kiva A sacred chamber, wholly or partly underground, in which many of the religious ceremonials of the Pueblo Indians are performed. Also estufa.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hopi name, sacred chamber


In literature:

Preliminary ceremonies are conducted in the secret Kiva several days preceding the public dance.
"Arizona Sketches" by Joseph A. Munk
Water spouted up through the kivas and through the fire places in the houses.
"Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest" by Katharine Berry Judson
The first name was a Mrs Ellis, who lived at 20 Kiva Gardens.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
The kivas opened downward from a hole in the roof in memory of Shipapu.
"The Trail Book" by Mary Austin
Within the kiva the interminable rites go on, and daily the cycle of songs accompanied with flutes is rehearsed.
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi" by Hattie Greene Lockett
Every variety of snake encountered is brought in and placed in the sacred kiva.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
In the Hopi House at Grand Canon there is a reproduction of a kiva or underground temple.
"Roughing it De Luxe" by Irvin S. Cobb
Kivas Kelly was a bachelor, was he not?
"Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels" by Stephen Leacock
In each kiva there is a kiva mungwi (kiva chief), and he controls to a great extent all matters pertaining to the kiva and its membership.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
The other showed one wounded and two dead Apaches lying upon the floor of the kiva.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet

In poetry:

But wind and sun have broken down
The power of their kivas,
And archaeologists expound
On what their ruins leave us.
"Casa Grande: Arizona" by Norman MacLeod

In news:

Confusion on Where Money Lent via Kiva Goes.
Do Web sites like Kiva really help alleviate poverty.
Kiva 's Web-based Microfinance Growing Up.
Mick Mountz of Kiva Systems.
Kiva Systems helps companies such as Zappos and Staples equip their warehouses with a work force of robots.
When Kiva engineers need help with an algorithm, Mick Mountz helps them.
Furor over Kiva 's new loan policy.
Non-profit Kiva .org plans to launch system of small loans in the U.S. Micro-loans for Americans.
At Kiva 's Web site (www. kiva .org), you can plunk down a loan of $25 to spot a farmer for pineapple seeds in Nicaragua, or help a fish seller buy cooking oil in Kenya.
Now That's a Gas: Vaporized Cocktails You Inhale at Red Kiva.
There have been numerous acquisitions of service robotics businesses in the last few years, most notably Amazon's acquisition of Kiva Systems for their mobile robot based fulfillment system and their software, with a v...
Forest Service archaeologist Wendy Sutton, right, explains kiva features to Interior secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack at Chimney Rock monument.
The Kiva warehouse management system creates a new paradigm for pick-pack-and-ship warehouses that significantly improves worker productivity.
In September, Migliore became the first New Jersey-based business accepted into the international micro-lending program known as Kiva Zip.
Amazon Buys Robot Maker Kiva Systems for $775 Million.