Shiva definition

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One of the principal Hindu deities, worshiped as the destroyer and restorer of worlds and in numerous other forms. Shiva is often conceived as a member of the Trimurti, along with Brahma and Vishnu.
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(judaism) The formal mourning period of seven days, observed as in the home of the deceased, during which friends visit and comfort the bereaved.
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A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.
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(Judaism) A weeklong period of formal mourning for a close relative.
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A male given name used in India.
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Shiva is the seven days of mourning just after the funeral of a close relative in Judaism.

An example of a shiva is the week a Jewish man spends mourning with his family after his mother dies.

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(Shiva Corporation, Cambridge, MA) A manufacturer of networking equipment. Founded in 1985, Shiva's first products were its network modems for Macs and PCs. LANRover was a proprietary remote access server, providing dial-up access to LANs. Shiva also developed the remote access software in Windows 95. In 1999, the company was acquired by Intel, and via subsequent acquisitions by Simple Access, Inc., Mernet and Eicon, Shiva products wound up in Dialogic Corporation (www.dialogic.com).
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(Hinduism) The god of destruction and transformation, and together with Brahma and Vishnu, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Within Shaivism he is viewed as the Supreme deity, whereas in other branches of Hinduism such as the Smarta tradition he is worshipped as one of the six manifestations of the Divine.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shiva
Plural:
shivas

Origin of shiva

  • Sanskrit śivaḥ from śiva- auspicious, dear kei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Yiddish shive from Hebrew šib‘â seven šbʕ in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Hebrew שִׁבְעָה (shiv'á, “seven"), referring to the number of days shiva extends.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Sanskrit शिव (Åšivá, “the auspicious one").

    From Wiktionary