manas [man-uh s, muhn-] ExamplesWord Origin noun Hinduism, Buddhism.

  1. the rational faculty of the mind.

Origin of manas Sanskrit: mindRelated formsma·nas·ic [muh-nas-ik] /məˈnæs ɪk/, adjective mana [mah-nah] noun Anthropology.

  1. a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.

Origin of mana Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45 Mana [man-ey] noun

  1. Mannai.

Mannai or Man·a, Min·ni [man-ey] noun

  1. an ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan.

Examples from the Web for manas Contemporary Examples of manas

  • Most locals think that the U.S. is looking for a back-up option to Manas in Kyrgyzstan, and that may well be the case.

    The Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan Connection

    Thomas Goltz

    June 19, 2010

  • Opposition leaders have long said they would eject Western forces from the base at Manas, as Russia desires.

    Russia’s New Push for Power

    Judith Miller, Doug Schoen

    April 19, 2010

  • Historical Examples of manas

  • They had sacked Urumtsi, and were laving close siege to Manas.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg

    Demetrius Boulger

  • The Lhobrak was finally identified with the Manas river, a geographical discovery of some importance.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6


  • Manas had fallen in love with the King of Satyn’s daughter, and had vowed to carry her off.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book

    Constance Cary Harrison

  • Manas resisted vigorously, and in an instant overthrew man and horse.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book

    Constance Cary Harrison

  • Now it happened that the boar just slain was an intimate friend of Manas, a huge and frightful giant, own brother to Maroke.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book

    Constance Cary Harrison

  • British Dictionary definitions for manas mana noun anthropol

    1. (in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power
    2. any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority

    Word Origin for mana from Polynesian Word Origin and History for manas mana n.

    “power, authority, supernatural power,” 1843, from Maori, “power, authority, supernatural power.”

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