Praying wheel
Praying Pray"ing, a. & n. from {Pray}, v. [1913 Webster]

{Praying insect}, {Praying locust}, or {Praying mantis} (Zo["o]l.), a mantis, especially {Mantis religiosa}. See {Mantis}.

{Praying machine}, or {Praying wheel}, a wheel on which prayers are pasted by Buddhist priests, who then put the wheel in rapid revolution. Each turn in supposed to have the efficacy of an oral repetition of all the prayers on the wheel. Sometimes it is moved by a stream. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Praying — Pray ing, a. & n. from {Pray}, v. [1913 Webster] {Praying insect}, {Praying locust}, or {Praying mantis} (Zo[ o]l.), a mantis, especially {Mantis religiosa}. See {Mantis}. {Praying machine}, or {Praying wheel}, a wheel on which prayers are pasted …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Praying insect — Praying Pray ing, a. & n. from {Pray}, v. [1913 Webster] {Praying insect}, {Praying locust}, or {Praying mantis} (Zo[ o]l.), a mantis, especially {Mantis religiosa}. See {Mantis}. {Praying machine}, or {Praying wheel}, a wheel on which prayers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Praying locust — Praying Pray ing, a. & n. from {Pray}, v. [1913 Webster] {Praying insect}, {Praying locust}, or {Praying mantis} (Zo[ o]l.), a mantis, especially {Mantis religiosa}. See {Mantis}. {Praying machine}, or {Praying wheel}, a wheel on which prayers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Praying machine — Praying Pray ing, a. & n. from {Pray}, v. [1913 Webster] {Praying insect}, {Praying locust}, or {Praying mantis} (Zo[ o]l.), a mantis, especially {Mantis religiosa}. See {Mantis}. {Praying machine}, or {Praying wheel}, a wheel on which prayers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Praying mantis — Praying Pray ing, a. & n. from {Pray}, v. [1913 Webster] {Praying insect}, {Praying locust}, or {Praying mantis} (Zo[ o]l.), a mantis, especially {Mantis religiosa}. See {Mantis}. {Praying machine}, or {Praying wheel}, a wheel on which prayers… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • praying-machine — n. 1. Praying mill, praying wheel. 2. Formalist, maker of vain repetitions, suppliant with the lips …   New dictionary of synonyms

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  • prayer wheel — /ˈprɛə wil/ (say prair weel) noun a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, used chiefly by Buddhists of Tibet (now the Xizang AR) as a mechanical aid to continual praying, each revolution counting as an uttered prayer …   Australian English dictionary

  • prayer wheel — n. a revolving cylinder containing written sacred texts, used by Tibetan Buddhists in praying …   English World dictionary

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