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- Skt. sūtra.
- Skt. सूत्रम्, sūtra, Pron.: sutra. From Sanskrit: to | also m. | fr. | 'to sew', and connected with | and | a thread, yarn, string, line, cord, wire | a measuring line | the sacred thread or cord worn by the first three classes | a girdle | a fibre | a line, stroke | a sketch, plan | that which like a thread runs through or holds together everything, rule, direction | a short sentence or aphoristic rule, and any work or manual consisting of strings of such rules hanging together like threads (these Sūtra works form manuals of teaching in ritual, philosophy, grammar: | in ritual there are first the Śrauta-sūtras, and among them the Kalpa-sūtras, founded directly on Śruti | they form a kind of rubric to Vedic ceremonial, giving concise rules for the performance of every kind of sacrifice | ; other kinds of Śruti works are the Gṛihya-sūtras and Sāmayācārika or Dharma-sūtras | as founded on | or 'tradition' | these led to the later Dharmaśāstras or 'law-books' | ; in philosophy each system has its regular text-book of aphorisms written in Sūtras by its supposed founder | a kind of tree
- Skt. सूत्रान्तः, sūtrānta, Pron.: sutranta. From Sanskrit: formed like | a Buddhist Sūtra or the doctrines contained in it