- Buddhism. the process of coming into existence as a differentiated, mortal creature.Compare nirvana(def 1).
- Hinduism. the endless series of births, deaths, and rebirths to which all beings are subject.Compare nirvana(def 2).
- Hinduism the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth
- Buddhism the transmigration or rebirth of a person
n.“endless cycle of death and rebirth, transmigration of souls,” 1886, from Sanskrit samsara “a wandering through,” from sam-, prefix denoting completeness (from the root of same), + sr- “to run, glide,” from PIE root *ser- (2) “to flow” (see serum).