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[muhth] /mʌθ/
noun
1.
an order of Hindu monks.
Also, matha
[muhth-uh] /ˈmʌθ ə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Sanskrit maṭha hut
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British Dictionary definitions for matha

math

/mæθ/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) short for mathematics Brit equivalent maths
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Word Origin and History for matha

math

n.

American English shortening of mathematics, 1890; the British preference, maths, is attested from 1911.

"a mowing," Old English mæð "mowing, cutting of grass," from Proto-Germanic *mediz (cf. Old Frisian meth, Old High German mad, German Mahd "mowing, hay crop"), from PIE *me- "to cut down grass or grain with a sickle or scythe" (see mow).

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Slang definitions & phrases for matha

math

noun

Mathematics (Students)


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Related Abbreviations for matha

math

mathematics
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Encyclopedia Article for matha

in Hinduism, any monastic establishment of world renouncers or sannyasis. The first mathas were founded by the great teacher Shankara in the 8th century CE. Shankara was said to have established four mathas at strategic points in India as bulwarks for Hindu missionary activity and as centres for the 10 religious orders of his group: the Govardhana Matha in Puri on the east coast for the Aranya and Vana orders; the Jyotih Matha, near Badrinath in the Himalayas, for the Giri, Parvata, and Sagara orders; the Sarada Matha in Dvaraka on the west coast for the Tirtha and Asrama orders; and the Srngeri Matha in South India for the Bharati, Puri, and Sarasvati orders. A fifth matha, the Saradapitha in Kancipuram near Madras, arose later.

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