mantra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mantra (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns
    • n mantra a commonly repeated word or phrase "she repeated `So pleased with how its going' at intervals like a mantra"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The training mantra of the SEALs is, 'The only easy day was yesterday.'
    • n Mantra A prayer; an invocation; a religious formula; a charm.☞ Among the Hindoos each caste and tribe has a mantra peculiar to itself; as, the mantra of the Brahmans.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mantra A Vedic hymn of praise and prayer; collectively, the matter of the Sanhita or first division of the Veda, as distinguished from the liturgical matter, called the brahmana.
    • n mantra A sacred text used as a charm or incantation by Brahmans and Yogis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mantra man′tra a Vedic hymn of praise: the matter of the Sanhita or first division of the Veda: a sacred text used as an incantation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sans., 'thought.'

Usage

In literature:

And though I never chanted the money mantra, I helped my housemate who did.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
The seal-cutter used black hens and lemons and mantras before.
"Plain Tales from the Hills" by Rudyard Kipling
There is no money in cold war mantras.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
MANTRA, the name given to hymns from the Veda, the repetition of which are supposed to have the effect of a charm.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Mantra (sacred Sanscrit text), 164, 248.
"New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century" by John Morrison
To that of the Mantras belong the later hymns of the same Veda.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Then come Sabha, Mantra, Jarasandha, Digvijaya (general campaign).
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And Angiras imparted those mantras to his son Vrihaspati, having a knowledge of all mantras.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The two following Mantras also declare that the Lord does not require a body, and that his knowledge is without any obstructions.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
Hence the use of music, or mantras, in every faith.
"London Lectures of 1907" by Annie Besant
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In news:

Magic's new mantra should be, 'Just lose, baby.'.
The new Magic marketing mantra for this season is, "We Will.".
Farewell to Jim Calhoun, UConn's Great, Mantra -Less Basketball Coach.
State Democrats' mantra : Winner of I-4 corridor wins the White House.
Polis echoes Obama's "hope and change" mantra .
Neo, Lula, and Mantra .
Neo, Lula, and Mantra , all polyesters by Hunter Douglas Hospitality, 800-229-5300.
NFL players' mantra for Week 1: 'I'm playing'.
"Joplin or bust" is mantra for MOC men's, women's cross country teams.
Ignore Fox News mantra .
Mantra of Michigan State's offensive line is simple: Run the ball.
The 'Just You Wait' Mantra : Is Marriage Really That Hard.
As mantra , 'YOLO' rises to occasion.
Yankees' new mantra for their starting pitchers -- don't get blown out early.
It's a mantra for many high-performing districts.
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In science:

After initial attempts at keeping exact account of these assumptions resulted in cumbersome mantra recited before every statement, I decided to indicate their necessity by a simple (LC) in the wording of the lemmas.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
As a ma jor exception to the mantra ‘everything worth doing for Ising/Potts is done best via random-cluster’, we remind the reader of the so-called randomcurrent expansion for the Ising model, wielded with effect in [1, 2, 5] and elsewhere.
The Random-Cluster Model
The mantra to be remembered is: cumulants linearize addition of independent random variables.
Three lectures on free probability
One of the mantras of “coupling from the past” (CFTP), a class of algorithms for generating perfectly random samples from a Markov chain, is that one needs to be prepared to re-use old random coins.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
Do a little planning, do a little work, do more planning, do more work is the mantra.
Software Architecture Overview
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