noun Yoga.

Nearby words

  1. chaise longue,
  2. chaise lounge,
  3. chaitya,
  4. chaka,
  5. chakalaka,
  6. chakravartin,
  7. chal.,
  8. chalasia,
  9. chalaza,
  10. chalazian


or chak·ra


noun Yoga.

any of the points of spiritual power located along the body, usually given as six in number. The points are personified by gods and can be released through the proper exercises.

Origin of cakra

< Sanskrit: literally, wheel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chakra



(in yoga) any of the seven major energy centres in the body

Word Origin for chakra

C19: from Sanskrit cakra wheel, circle

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Word Origin and History for chakra



1888 in yoga sense, from Sanskrit cakra "circle, wheel," from PIE root *kwel- "wheel" (see cycle (n.)).

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