ghat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ghat stairway in India leading down to a landing on the water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ghat A pass through a mountain.
    • Ghat A range of mountains.
    • Ghat Stairs descending to a river; a landing place; a wharf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ghat In India, a pass of descent from a mountain; a mountain-pass; hence, a range or chain of hills or mountains. The two principal mountain-ranges of southern Hindustan are specifically named the Western and Eastern Ghats.
    • n ghat In India, a path of descent, landing-place, or stairway to a river, generally having at the summit a temple, pagoda, or place of rest and recreation. Ghats abound especially along the Ganges, the most important being at Benares; the motive of their erection was to facilitate bathing in the sacred water, and drawing it for religious purposes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ghat gawt in India, a mountain-pass: a chain of mountains: landing-stairs for bathers on the sides of a river or tank.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. ghāt,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. ghāt.

Usage

In literature:

It is bordered for a full mile by a grand succession of palaces and temples, of bathing ghats and of burning ghats.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Crew at Ghat where repairing Dec. 13th.
"With The Night Mail" by Rudyard Kipling
Lone on the ghat they leave me, lone, With but the River's flow.
"Many Gods" by Cale Young Rice
His original efforts, in pushing across the Sahara from Ghademes and Ghat, had been no more than desert maneuvers.
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
This gap, which completely intersects the Ghats, is about 20 m. wide.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
Was I not among those who shot the fools of Feringhis at the ghat?
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Every two miles are built ghats, or broad flights of steps down to river, some of these being eighty feet high.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
The Ghats or sacred steps leading down to the waters of the Hoogly are in the same vicinity.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
He ran the whole length of the wharves from Prinsep's Ghat to Metiaburuj.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
The country is partly flat and partly mountainous, where intersected by the Eastern Ghats.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
On the steps above the ghats was a row of thatch umbrellas, and sitting on a reed mat beneath each was a Brahmin priest.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
When she reached Calcutta, a young captain met her at Chandpal Ghat.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
Lelha's brothers as they sailed along came to a certain ghat at which a raja was bathing.
"Santal Folk Tales" by A. Campbell
But let no one come to thine aid, lest there be nothing of thee left to take to the burning ghat.
"The Taming of the Jungle" by Dr. C. W. Doyle
In Bengal the temples are commonly erected in a range of six, eight, or twelve, on each side of a Ghat, leading to the river.
"Phallic Miscellanies" by Hargrave Jennings
Another gate, the Raj Ghat, opened toward the river between the palace and Darya Gunj.
"The Red Year" by Louis Tracy
At last it stopped at a bathing-place, which the Rakshasi maid-servant concluded was the bathing ghat of Keshavati.
"Folk-Tales of Bengal" by Lal Behari Day
A range of the Eastern Ghats runs from N.E.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
When a Golar dies a plate of cooked rice is laid on his body and then carried to the burning-ghat.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
A few hours after death a body is brought to a burning ghat, men being covered with a white sheet and women with a red cloth.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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In poetry:

Forbidden and barbarous rites were shown us,
In rock-hewn Temples and jungle caves,
And the smoke-wreathed home of the dead has known us,
The burning-ghat by the Ganges waves
"Oh, Life, I Have Taken You For My Lover!" by Laurence Hope
The Burning-Ghats were smoking, and the jewels melted down,
The Temples lay deserted, for the people left the town.
Yet I was more than happy, though passing strange it seems,
For I spent my nights with Krishna, who loved me--in my dreams!
""The Rice was under Water"" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Ascetics, or sadhus, at Varanasi Ghat, India, 2001.
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