[man-uh s, muhn-]
- the rational faculty of the mind.
Origin of manas
< Sanskrit: mind
- a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.
Origin of mana
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45
or Man·a, Min·ni
- an ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan.
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Examples from the Web for manas
Most locals think that the U.S. is looking for a back-up option to Manas in Kyrgyzstan, and that may well be the case.The Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan Connection
June 19, 2010
Opposition leaders have long said they would eject Western forces from the base at Manas, as Russia desires.Russia's New Push for Power
Judith Miller, Doug Schoen
April 19, 2010
They had sacked Urumtsi, and were laving close siege to Manas.The Life of Yakoob Beg
The Lhobrak was finally identified with the Manas river, a geographical discovery of some importance.
Manas had fallen in love with the King of Satyn's daughter, and had vowed to carry her off.
Manas resisted vigorously, and in an instant overthrew man and horse.
Now it happened that the boar just slain was an intimate friend of Manas, a huge and frightful giant, own brother to Maroke.
- (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
- any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority
Word Origin and History for manas
"power, authority, supernatural power," 1843, from Maori, "power, authority, supernatural power."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper