prayer wheel
noun Date: 1814 a cylinder of wood or metal that revolves on an axis and contains written prayers and that is used in praying by Tibetan Buddhists

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  • prayer wheel — n a drum shaped object with prayers on it or inside it, which Tibetan Buddhists turn on a pole as a way of praying …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prayer wheel — prayer′ wheel [[t]prɛər[/t]] n. ear a revolving cylinder that contains a mantra on a slip of paper, used chiefly by Tibetan Buddhists • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

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

  • prayer wheel — /prair/ a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, used chiefly by Buddhists of Tibet. [1805 15] * * * In Tibetan Buddhism, a mechanical device used as an equivalent to the recitation of a mantra. The prayer wheel consists of a… …   Universalium

  • prayer wheel — noun a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet • Hypernyms: ↑prayer, ↑petition, ↑orison * * * noun : a cylinder of wood or metal revolving on an axis and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prayer wheel — wheel inscribed with prayers that is used mainly by Tibetan Buddhists …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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 — noun a small revolving cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, a revolution of which symbolizes the repetition of a prayer, used by Tibetan Buddhists …   English new terms dictionary

  • PRAYER WHEEL —    a device used in Tibetan BUDDHISM consisting of a cylinder containing written PRAYERS and MANTRAS which is believed to take effect when rotated …   Concise dictionary of Religion

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