Definition of mudra in English:

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mudra

Pronunciation: /məˈdrä/

noun

1A symbolic hand gesture used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies and statuary, and in Indian dance.
Example sentences
  • This program uses dance mudras as a communication tool for the speech-impaired.
  • Then it was all about traditional dance with mudras and gestures.
  • Unfortunately, somewhere along the way disco fever challenged India's classical dances and today most young Indians can't tell a mudra from the ‘Yo man, peace!’
1.1A movement or pose in yoga.
Example sentences
  • Besides the academic curriculum, children are taught yoga and mudras aimed at developing their IQ and memory power and to strengthen them mentally and physically.
  • She instructs them through touch, teaching the mudras and movements at first through fingers and hands.
  • The mudra which is used with most meditative poses is the ‘Gian Mudra.’

Origin

From Sanskrit mudrā 'sign or token'.

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Syllabification: mu·dra

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