Meaning of emanation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛməˈneɪʃn/

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  • 1Something which originates or issues from a source.

    ‘she saw the insults as emanations of his own tortured personality’
    • ‘the commission is an emanation of the state’
    • ‘From a more accommodating perspective that regards psychic phenomena as emanations from a spiritual source, they can be viewed as complementary.’
    • ‘When one walks around to look at this light barrier from the other side, the yellow reflection on the barrack walls is seen to be the result of emanations of soft pink highlighted by green.’
    • ‘But the ‘power’ is palpable, described as a radiant emanation influencing everyone it touches.’
    • ‘If the Ghost becomes a private emanation resulting from Hamlet's binge - drinking, it undercuts the play's debate about the ethics of revenge.’
    • ‘As for Ed Gillespie and his famous charge of sexism and elitism, I don't think serious conservatives believe Ed is up nights pondering whiffs and emanations of class tension and gender bias in modern America.’
    • ‘In emphasizing the political semiotics of mid-century popular culture, James resisted the temptation to condemn or champion all of its emanations.’
    • ‘So strong were the emanations given off by the intense personal bubble they occupied that I averted my gaze and quickened my pace.’
    • ‘That is a first principle, whose powerful emanations reach high and low.’
    • ‘It doesn't appeal to me as inherently worthy (or unworthy for that matter), but for him it appears (to me anyway) as an emanation of idealism and good health.’
    • ‘He despised Hitler and Nazism as an emanation of ‘mass man’ and he believed the defeat of the Nazis would also bring an end to the power of the masses too.’
    • ‘He may identify with it utterly, as though the authority and respect appropriate to his structural symbolic position is a direct emanation of his self.’
    • ‘Many Americans now expect their job to feel as if it were an emanation of their own desires and on their own time.’
    • ‘Remember, this emanation of collective intelligence is not just a couple of months old.’
    • ‘But right before I arrived, I could feel very strong emanations radiating from beyond the forest.’
    • ‘One porcelain bird skull is penetrated, acupuncture-style, by several dozen wire skewers that suggest emanations of pent-up energy or thought.’
    • ‘Indeed, when the lines are uttered by Rennie Hurley under that almond tree, it's almost as though we are meant to understand that they are an emanation of the surrounding landscape.’
    product, consequence, result, fruit
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action or process of issuing from a source.
      ‘the risk of radon gas emanation’
      • ‘In the process of emanation there is gradual loss; for every effect is slightly inferior to its cause.’
      • ‘The unique symbol for the comprehensive oneness that holds together this entire process of emanation or divinization is the concept of Sophia.’
      • ‘The world evolves by emanation, and matter is a phase of that process.’
      • ‘Rather poetry aspires to have the same relation to being - that of pure emanation - as does a cry or tear.’
      • ‘Measurements of ethylene emanation were also performed.’
      • ‘As we know, this emanation of virtue would in time cause Robespierre and his followers to lose their heads under the severe and inflexible blade of the guillotine.’
    2. 1.2A substance or form of radiation given off by something.
      ‘vaporous emanations wreathe the mill's foundations’
      • ‘They decided that the mysterious emanation must consist of gamma rays, the third form of radiation produced by radioactive decay.’
      • ‘Without a view of Earth, telescopes built on the Moon could point in any skyward direction, without the risk of contamination from the Earth's electromagnetic emanations.’
      • ‘Some information about the internal working of computing devices can be derived by looking at power consumption and electromagnetic emanations.’
      • ‘A rich electromagnetic field is a natural energy field, found in nature from the electrical and electromagnetic emanations from the earth, the sun and natural processes such as lightning.’
      • ‘If naked singularities do not occur in Nature then we could still observe the totally unpredictable emanations from a naked singularity, but we would have to be inside a black hole horizon in order to do so.’
      • ‘Aside from intense natural atmospheric discharges, there were no electrical emanations of any kind that he could detect, nor any sign of city lights or aerial activity.’
      • ‘Likely they are trying to detect weird electronic emanations from his laboratory.’
      • ‘These emanations come from rapidly spinning neutron stars called pulsars - rotating beacons that periodically send energy in the direction of the earth.’
      discharge, emission, radiation, diffusion, effusion, exhalation, exudation, outflow, outpouring, flow, secretion, leak
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    3. 1.3Chemistry archaic A radioactive gas formed by radioactive decay of a solid.
  • 2(in various mystical traditions) a being or force which is a manifestation of God.

    ‘they believe that each human soul is an emanation of Godhood’
    • ‘Sophia, divine wisdom, was the emanation of the that, by her very nature, desired to truly comprehend her Father, the unknowable One, the so-called Alien God.’
    • ‘These begin with shuddha maya, pure spiritual energy, the first evolutes, emanations or creations out of God.’
    • ‘The primary Buddha is Vairocana, the Sun Buddha, of whom all other Buddhas and divine beings are emanations.’
    • ‘Or put in Quabbalistic terms, everything that exists in Malkuth is an emanation of the The Divine and therefore contains a part of it.’
    • ‘Men were vainly attempting to worship angels as emanations from God in a step-ladder effort to reach God.’
    • ‘In this scheme Jesus Christ was but one of many emanations from God - only a partial revelation of the divine.’
    • ‘Still his doctrine seems to have been a heathen Gnosticism, in which he proclaimed himself as the Standing One, the principal emanation of the Deity and the Redeemer.’
    • ‘Many of the local gods and tribal leaders became Dharma Protectors and/or wrathful emanations of Bodhisattvas.’
    • ‘They trace their ancestry to the copulation of an ape, an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, and an ogress, an emanation of the goddess Tara, whose progeny gave birth to the Tibetan people in the Yarlung valley.’
    • ‘This meditation focuses on a guided visualization and muscle-experiencing of the breath moving into the mouth and throat, to be carried in the blood to each of the body parts that in Kabbalah are the map of God's emanations - the Sephirot.’
    • ‘He argues that Kunti's sons are not to be judged by human standards since they were emanations of gods, who were all different aspects of Indra and thus one in essence.’
    • ‘We are now ready to introduce the Ten Sefirot - the ten emanations of God.’
    • ‘Kabala comes to describe God's emanations, and as such it deals with subjective reality as perceived by man.’
    • ‘The earliest account of Nechung can be traced back to his relationship with the great Indian Spiritual King Kunchog Bhang, who was an emanation of Arya Avalokiteshvara.’
    • ‘Godhead is complete without his various emanations.’
    • ‘Although God Himself is absolutely unknowable and unnameable, the Tetragrammaton is His highest emanation in creation.’
    • ‘If you study the origin of the Dharma protector, he had connections with the Indian Religious King, Kunchok Bhang, an emanation of Arya Avalokiteshvara.’
    • ‘The next important figure in the Tibetan hierarchy is the Panchen Lama, an emanation of the Buddha Amitbbha.’
    • ‘Both Khandro Rinpoches were emanations of Yeshe Tsogyal, consort of Padmasambhava, the great guru who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century.’
    • ‘One of the most puzzling emanations of Sati appears to symbolize this: Chinnamasta, holding her severed head in her hand, drinking the blood spurting from her neck.’