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prayer wheel

[prair] /prɛər/
a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, used chiefly by Buddhists of Tibet.
Origin of prayer wheel
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The soldier during the performance revolved his prayer-wheel with his free hand, praying fervently all the while.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • I invaded the sanctuary and demanded the ancient tomes and magic tables, also the prayer-wheel—the sextant, I mean.

  • That fellow has a Joss in his cabin, and very likely a prayer-wheel; but he's a capital cook.

    In the High Valley Susan Coolidge
  • In the middle of the floor there was a clay fireplace, with a prayer-wheel and some clay and brass cooking pots upon it.

    Among the Tibetans Isabella L. Bird
  • The tract aptly compares the church-organ to the Thibetan prayer-wheel, and later to praying by phonograph.

  • With his free hand the soldier during the performance revolved his prayer-wheel, praying fervently all the while.

    An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet A. Henry Savage Landor
  • He may have thought it was a species of Christian prayer-wheel.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
  • Furthermore, with the prayer-wheel I shot Alpha Crucis and from its altitude worked out our latitude.

  • I become a Tibetan at the prayer-wheel storing up joys to come in a whetted appetite for to-morrow's blue sky.

British Dictionary definitions for prayer-wheel

prayer wheel

(Buddhism) (esp in Tibet) a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, each revolution of which is counted as an uttered prayer, so that such prayers can be repeated by turning it
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prayer-wheel in Culture

prayer wheel definition

In Buddhism, a cylinder with prayers written on it. The prayer wheel is turned by some worshipers during prayer, or the turning may be used as a substitute for spoken prayers.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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