man·​da·​la | \ ˈmən-də-lə How to pronounce mandala (audio) \

Definition of mandala

1 : a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe specifically : a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation
2 : a graphic and often symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image

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Other Words from mandala

mandalic \ ˌmən-​ˈda-​lik How to pronounce mandala (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mandala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This mandala could be a petri dish full of menacing microbes, or a murmuring imagination on the edge of sleep., "At Praise Shadows, Yuri Shimojo paintings give shape to lives lived and lost," 31 Mar. 2021 Combined with a Savoir bed, the florals arc across the headboard in a bright half mandala. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, "This New Bed Collaboration Is a Fashionista’s Dream," 22 Mar. 2021 One in the pediatric oncology outpatient area on the 8th floor is a geometric pattern called a mandala. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Hospital turns discarded stickers into therapeutic art," 19 Dec. 2020 Staff get a chance to think about a little project -- like making a macrame plant hanger, painting a mandala or crafting a terrarium -- instead of focusing on the stress of the work day. Anchorage Daily News, "Nurses caring for Alaska’s COVID-19 patients find community support both in and out of the hospital," 1 Dec. 2020 Radial Reconnection by Kyllan Maney: Participants will create a circular design that sends a message about sustainability, transforming ideas about water, light and ecology into a colorful mandala-like artwork. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "Canal Convergence 2020 guide: Here is everything you need to know before you go," 2 Nov. 2020 The resulting battery is simpler to manufacture, requires fewer parts, and looks a bit like a mandala of metallic shingles. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Finally Reveals His Grand Plans to Revolutionize the Battery," 24 Sep. 2020 For nearly 16 years in San Antonio, Jason Casas has tattooed just about everything, from roses and mandalas on arms and legs to the Virgin Mary on a bald head and Darth Vader dueling Luke Skywalker on a guy’s ribs. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio tattoo artists get creative without skin to ink during COVID-19 pandemic," 14 May 2020 That’s what makes the mandala more than a pretty thing for people to gawk at. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Finding meaning in the ruins of coronavirus and Legos," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mandala

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandala

Sanskrit maṇḍala circle

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“Mandala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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