a device used in Tibetan BUDDHISM consisting of a cylinder containing written PRAYERS and MANTRAS which is believed to take effect when rotated.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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  • prayer wheel — noun a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet • Hypernyms: ↑prayer, ↑petition, ↑orison * * * noun : a cylinder of wood or metal revolving on an axis and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prayer wheel — wheel inscribed with prayers that is used mainly by Tibetan Buddhists …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prayer wheel — /ˈprɛə wil/ (say prair weel) noun a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, used chiefly by Buddhists of Tibet (now the Xizang AR) as a mechanical aid to continual praying, each revolution counting as an uttered prayer …   Australian English dictionary

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  • prayer wheel — noun Date: 1814 a cylinder of wood or metal that revolves on an axis and contains written prayers and that is used in praying by Tibetan Buddhists …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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