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or surah

[soo r-uh] /ˈsʊər ə/
noun, Islam.
any of the 114 chapters of the Koran.
Origin of sura
First recorded in 1655-65, sura is from the Arabic word sūrah literally, row, step, rung Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sura
Historical Examples
  • He writes in his comments on the 191 verse of the second sura of the Koran.

  • His "fits" before the oncoming of a new sura have been mentioned.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • Upon which he was surnamed sura, sura being the Roman word for the calf of the leg.

  • The positive force you call the Deva or sura; his face is turned, it seems, to God.

    Avatras Annie Besant
  • It is said that he got the name sura from the following circumstance.

  • From this he got the nickname of sura, for the Romans call the leg ‘sura.’

  • Leiba,” calls sura from within, “the coach is coming, one can hear the bells.

  • sura detached herself from the others, and joined Leiba on the steps of the inn.

  • sura had put out the lamp, had gone to bed, and now slept by the side of Strul.

  • sura undid the window; then she could hear groans from down by the door.

British Dictionary definitions for sura


any of the 114 chapters of the Koran
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic sūrah section
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sura

"chapter of the Quran," 1610s, from Arabic surah, literally "step, degree."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sura in Medicine

sura su·ra (sur'ə)
n. pl. su·rae (sur'ē)
The calf of the leg. Also called su'ral.

su'ral adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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