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[muhn-dl-uh] /ˈmʌn dl ə/
Oriental Art. a schematized representation of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, each of which contains an image of a deity or an attribute of a deity.
(in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.
Origin of mandala
1855-60; < Sanskrit maṇḍala circle Unabridged
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  • The marriage ceremony takes place in a pandal (booth) on a raised or conspicuous place adorned with various figures or mandala.

  • The fact that mandala, traded all over the world, once represented that order escapes their personal experience.

British Dictionary definitions for mandala


/ˈmændələ; mænˈdɑːlə/
(Hindu & Buddhist art) any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
(psychol) such a symbol expressing a person's striving for unity of the self
Word Origin
Sanskrit: circle
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Word Origin and History for mandala

magic circle, 1859, from Sanskrit mandala "disc, circle."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mandala in Technology

A system based on Concurrent Prolog, developed at ICOT, Japan.
["Mandala: A Logic Based Knowledge Programming System", K. Furukawa et al, Intl Conf 5th Gen Comp Sys 1984].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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