• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Indian of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages "Native American religions","Indian arrowheads"
    • adj Indian of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures "the Indian subcontinent","Indian saris"
    • n Indian any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    • n Indian a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
    • n Indian a native or inhabitant of India
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Tell me. N.A. Indian Tell me. N.A. Indian
Steal. N.A. Indian Steal. N.A. Indian
Kill. N.A. Indian Kill. N.A. Indian

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The highest bridge in the world is located in the Himalyan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army, in 1982, and is about 5,600 metres above sea level
    • Indian (Bot) a lauraceous tree (Persea Indica).
    • Indian A native or inhabitant of India.
    • Indian Made of maize or Indian corn; as, Indian corn, Indian meal, Indian bread, and the like.
    • Indian Of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies.
    • Indian Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America; as, Indian wars; the Indian tomahawk.
    • Indian One of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; -- so called originally from the supposed identity of America with India.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canada is an Indian word meaning "village" or "settlement."
    • Indian Of, pertaining, or relating to India or to the Indies (now specifically called the East Indies in distinction from the West Indies), or to the languages of India.
    • Indian Pertaining or relating
    • Indian originally to the West Indies or their inhabitants;
    • Indian now, in an extended sense, to the whole race of American Indians or aborigines: as, Indian arrows; an Indian blanket; an Indian name.
    • Indian Made of maize or Indian corn: as, Indian meal; Indian bread.
    • Indian A baked, boiled, or steamed pudding made with Indian meal, molasses, and suet, and in New England in former times almost universally, and still quite extensively, forming a part of the Sunday dinner.
    • n Indian A member of one of the native races of India or the East Indies; an East Indian.
    • n Indian A European who resides or has resided in the East Indies; an Anglo-Indian.
    • n Indian An aboriginal native of North or South America: so named by Columbus and other early navigators, who thought that the lands discovered by them were parts of India. In English writers of the sixteenth century this name is confined to those tribes with whom the Spaniards came in contact; after 1600 it is applied also to the aboriginal inhabitants of North America generally.
    • Indian To prowl about or live like an Indian.
    • Indian Large, flat cakes made of cassava meal and then roasted. Sec cassava, 2.
    • n Indian A native of Australia or New Zealand, or of Polynesia.
    • n Indian Any native language of America. See Amerindian.
    • n Indian A constellation (Indus) lying between Sagittarius and the south pole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lacrosse was invented by American Indians.
    • adj Indian in′di-an belonging to the Indies, East or West, or to the aborigines of America
    • n Indian a native of the Indies: a European who lives or has lived in India: an aboriginal of America
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  • William S. Burroughs
    “America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
    “At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “You cannot have all chiefs; you gotta have Indians too.”
  • Kevin Costner
    Kevin Costner
    “I'd like to put on buckskins and a ponytail and go underwater with a reed, hiding from the Indians... To me, that's sexy!”
  • Will Rogers
    “In the early days of the Indian Territory, there were no such things as birth certificates. You being there was certificate enough.”
  • E. J. Hobsbawm
    E. J. Hobsbawm
    “As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.”


Indian file - If people walk in Indian file, they walk in a line one behind the other.
Indian giver - An Indian giver gives something, then tries to take it back.
Indian summer - If there is a period of warmer weather in late autumn, it is an Indian summer.
Too many chiefs and not enough Indians - When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From India, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in Asia, L. Indus, Gr. , OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. sindhu, river, the Indus. Cf. Hindu


In literature:

And when you come to that, they say those French Indians are Christian Indians too.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
The Indians repel all such advances with warlike fury.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
Mr. Hall had little opportunity of observing the manners and character of these Indians.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
At the third dose, the Indian shuddered slightly, his lips moved, and he swallowed feebly.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
An Indian is always stealthy, but there was an almost more than Indian stealthiness about this canoe-man's movements.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
On the wharf below him the crowd were still plucking the dead Indian.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
The huge Indian's whip tore into Raoul's back.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Bouquet, Henry, campaign against Indians, 106-109, 173; treaty with Indians, 91, 141, 173, 179.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
She was purchased by an Indian who resided in the town where the Indian army was now encamped.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
We secured the services of an Indian and his canoe to help us up the river, and left our boat at the Indians' camp near the mouth.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker

In poetry:

'By Indian streams I sat alone,
While on my native isle,
And on my ancient friends, I thought,
And wept the weary while.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Flashed the roof the sunshine through,
Into space the walls outgrew;
On the Indian's wigwam-mat,
Blossom-crowned, again she sat.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Well now, and while the summer stays
To profit by these garden days
O how much wiser you would be
To play at Indian wars with me!
"The Gardener" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A letter from a brave young Priest,
The Rectress’ nephew, who, long while
Had toiled alone ‘mid leper folk
In a West Indian Isle.
"The Silver Box" by Alice Guerin Crist
Let Indian ghosts, if such there be
Who ply unseen their shadowy lines,
Call back the ancient name to thee,
As with the voice of pines.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Indian to the stake is tied,
There is courage in his eye;
And a smile has curled his lip of pride,
As he speaks thus tauntingly:—
"The Indian Warrior" by Peter John Allan

In news:

Indian Lake — The Indian Lake Central School Board and the Indian Lake community are extending a warm welcome to Emily Stephan as its new science teacher .
Indian students shout anti-corruption slogans in support of veteran Indian social activist, Anna Hazare at a garden in Amritsar on April 8, 2011.
Images of Indian River County Tax Collector Carole Jean Jordan celebrating her win to retain her position as Tax Collector for Indian River County from her home in Vero Beach on Tuesday August 14th, 2012.
Frances Langford Pavilion at Indian RiverSide Park, 1707 N E. Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A father and his two sons found a Port St Lucie man literally with his pants down in a car with the father's teenage daughter early Monday, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.
Indian restaurants, for example, are overwhelmingly colonial Indian.
Until the 1980's apartheid did not allow Indians to own restaurants in "white" areas or to dine in them, so that the nicest restaurants were owned by whites and catered to white tastes, while Indians ate at home.
NORMAN — Indian Hills Road, between Interstate Drive East and 12th Avenue NE and 24th Avenue NW, between Franklin Road and Indian Hills, will be closed Friday for paving operations.
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — At least two vehicles were burglarized in the 9100 block of 44th Avenue, according to reports made Monday to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.
The Reds acquired Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians for center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Greorious.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has acquired four players in a three-team trade involving the Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cleveland Indians General Manger Chris Antonetti spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon about the three-team trade yesterday, which saw the Indians acquire outfielder Drew Stubbs, pitchers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw.
Cleveland Indians fire Manny Acta as Indians manager.
Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti talks about the team's choice to fire manager Manny Acta Manny Acta has been fired as Indians manager, nearing the completion of his third year on the job.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN charts the unveiling and dedication of the first Smithsonian museum dedicated exclusively to American Indian s.

In science:

S. Kak, The discrete finite Hilbert transform. Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics 8: 1385-1390, 1977.
Randomization Using Quasigroups, Hadamard and Number Theoretic Transforms
Cat – From ancient time Indians are divided in many categories.
Data Mining: A Prediction for Performance Improvement of Engineering Students using Classification
Kishorjit, N., Bishworjit, S., Romina, M., Mayekleima Chanu, Ng. & Sivaji, B., (2011) A Light Weight Manipuri Stemmer, In the Proceedings of Natioanal Conference on Indian Language Computing (NCILC), Chochin, India.
Reduplicated MWE (RMWE) helps in improving the CRF based Manipuri POS Tagger
This project was undertaken as part of the M. Tech. program in Electronics Design and Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
Implementation of a Real Time Passenger Information System
Additive partitioning has parallels with prime factors for which the earliest reference goes back to ancient Indian texts .
On Randomness of Goldbach Sequences