mana

[ mah-nah ]

noun
  1. Anthropology. a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or people.

  2. Games. a finite supply of magic or magic points that is depleted with every spell cast by a magic-wielding player character in a video game, role-playing game, collectible card game, trading card game, etc., and that is slowly replenished with rest or quickly restored by certain items, like potions: This tank needs to slow his roll—the healer is out of mana.

Origin of mana

1
First recorded in 1835–45; from a Polynesian language, e.g., Maori, Hawaian mana “power, psychic power, authority, control”

Words Nearby mana

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How to use mana in a sentence

  • Melissa Cheyney, chief author of the pro-home-birth mana study, calls the Cornell methodology “misleading.”

    The Home-Birth Rebellion | Brandy Zadrozny | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Government spokesman Nasser al-mana'a insisted the government had no choice but to attack and had used proportionate violence.

  • This consists of "getting up" a memorial to some distinguished mana statue, it may be, or modest bust.

    Ephemera Critica | John Churton Collins
  • May your mana never be less;—long may you hold at bay the demon of civilization, though fall at last I fear you must.

    Old New Zealand: | 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • A chief of very high rank, standing, and mana, was on a war expedition; with him were about five hundred men.

    Old New Zealand: | 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • If the reader has not some faint notion of mana by this time, I can't help it: I can't do any better for him.

    Old New Zealand: | 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • But mind you do not translate mana as power; that won't do: they are two different things entirely.

    Old New Zealand: | 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]

British Dictionary definitions for mana

mana

/ (ˈmɑːnə) /


nounanthropol
  1. (in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power

  2. any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority

Origin of mana

1
from Polynesian

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