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Kali \Ka"li\, n. [Skr. kali.] (Hind. Cosmog.) The last and worst of the four ages of the world; -- considered to have begun B. C. 3102, and to last 432,000 years.


Kali \Ka"li\, prop. n. [Skr. k[=a]l[=i].] (Hind. Myth.) The black, destroying goddess; -- called also Doorga, Anna Purna.


Kali \Ka"li\, n. [Ar. qali. See Alkali.] (Bot.) The glasswort ( Salsola Kali).


Cali \Ca"li\, n. (Hindoo Myth.) The tenth avatar or incarnation of the god Vishnu. [Written also Kali.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

a name of Devi, the Hindu mother-goddess, in her death-goddess aspect, 1798, from Sanskrit kali, literally "the black one," fem. of kalah "blue-black, black," from a Dravidian language. Also taken as the fem. of kala "time" (as destroyer). She is portrayed as black-skinned, blood-smeared, and wearing a necklace of skulls and a girdle of snakes.


n. The prickly glasswort (''Kali turgida'', formerly ''Salsola kali'').

  1. n. bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash [syn: saltwort, barilla, glasswort, kelpwort, Salsola kali, Salsola soda]

  2. wife of Siva and malevolent form of Devi; "the black"

Kali (disambiguation)

Kali is the Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy.

Kali may also refer to:

Kali (Tyeb Mehta)

Kali is a painting by Indian artist Tyeb Mehta depicting the Hindu goddess Kali with a gouged mouth. Painted in 1997, the work was sold in May 2005 for 10 million Indian rupees at Indian auction house Saffronart's online auction. According to the Times of India, it is a "dramatic, disturbing work".

Kali (software)

Kali is an IPX network emulator for DOS and Windows, enabling legacy multiplayer games to work over a modern TCP/IP network such as the Internet. Later versions of the software also functioned as a server browser for games that natively supported TCP/IP. Versions were also created for OS2 and Mac, but neither version was well polished. Today, Kali's network is still operational but development has largely ceased.

Kali also features an Internet Game Browser for TCP/IP native games, a buddy system, a chat system, and supports 400+ games including Doom 3, many of the Command & Conquer games, the Mechwarrior 2 series, Unreal Tournament 2004, Battlefield Vietnam, Counter Strike Condition Zero, and Master of Orion II.

The Kali software is free to download, but has a time-based cap for unregistered versions. For a one-time $20 fee the time restriction is removed.

Kali (demon)

In Hinduism, Kali ( Devanāgari: , IAST: , with both vowels short; from a root, "suffer, grieve, hurt; confound, confuse") is the reigning lord of Kali Yuga and archenemy of Kalki, the 10th and final Avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. In the Kalki Purana, he is portrayed as a demon and the source of all evil. In the Mahabharata, he was a gandharva who possessed Nala, forcing him to lose his Kingdom in a game of dice to his brother Pushkara. His most famous incarnations are Ravana and Duryodhana. Kali is similar to the demon Kroni and his incarnation Kaliyan of Ayyavazhi mythology.

Kali (footballer)

Carlos Manuel Gonçalves Alonso, better known as Kali (born 11 October 1978 in Luanda) is an Angolan footballer, who currently plays for Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto.

KALI (electron accelerator)

The '''KALI ''' (Kilo Ampere Linear Injector) is a linear electron accelerator being developed in India, by the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). It is not a laser weapon as commonly believed. In Scientific term, KALI stands for 'Kilo Ampere Linear Injector'. It is designed to work in such a way that if an enemy missile is launched in Indian direction, it will quickly emit powerful pulses of Relativistic Electrons Beams (REB) and destroy the target in no time. Unlike laser beams, it does not bore a hole in the target but thoroughly damages the on-board electronic systems.

Scientists say that it can potentially be used as a beam weapon. Bursts of microwaves packed with gigawatts of power (one gigawatt is 1000 million watts) produced by this machine, when aimed at enemy missiles and aircraft will cripple their electronic system and computer chips and bring them down right away.

According to scientists the KALI is far deadlier than so-called laser weapons that destroy by drilling holes since this process consumes time. Its efficiency has pushed scientists to look forward to invent a high-power microwave gun to destroy incoming aircraft and missiles, based on the same method.

Kali (singer)

Jean-Marc Monnerville, better known by his stage name Kali is a Martiniquan musician known for his contributions to Modern Zouk, banjo playing and his work with the Eurovision Song Contest. He is further notable for his often controversial, politically-charged lyrics comment on imperialism, slavery and military proliferation.

Kali (plant)

Kali is a genus of plants in the subfamily Salsoloideae in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. Common names of various members of this genus include tumbleweed for its wind-blown seed dispersal habit, and Tartar thistle and Russian thistle for its origins.

These species were previously part of the genus Salsola.


, also known as , is a Hindu goddess. The name Kali is derived from the Sanskrit " Kālá", or time—she therefore represents Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. "Kali" also mean "the black one", the feminine noun of the Sanskrit adjective Kālá.

Kali's earliest appearance is that of a destroyer principally of evil forces. She is worshipped by devotional movements and tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Adi Shakti, or Adi Parashakti. Shakta Hindu sects and Shākta Tantric beliefs additionally worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also seen as divine protector and the one who bestows moksha, or liberation. Kali is the first of the 10 Mahavidyas, or manifestations of the Great Goddess, or ultimate reality. She is often portrayed standing or dancing on her consort, the Hindu god Shiva, who lies calm and prostrate beneath her. Kali is worshipped by Hindus throughout India but particularly Bengal, Assam, Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, along with Nepal and Sri Lanka.


Kali (Daulat Khan) (Urdu-کالی دولت خان ) (Marathi- काळी is a village in the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra, India. It is known for being named after Daulat Khan Patel. Kali (DK) is 20 km away from Pusad, which is to the east of Mahagaon. The population of Kali (DK) is around 20,000.

Daulat Khan Patel founded Kali (DK) in the middle of the 19th century. Kali (DK) was famous for education in that time. Children from the nearest village would come to school in Kali (DK). Today in Kali there are 2 Urdu schools, 4 Marathi schools, 2 Ashram Shala, and one junior college.

Kali (chhand)

Kali , is a form of Chhand ( quatrain), a poetry bond under strict rules in Punjabi literature. Kali chhand is also used in singing as a type of Punjabi folk songs where it is also known by its plural form, Kalian or Kaliyan. Although it is not so common in singing, it became a particular genre of Punjabi music. Kali is sung by only few Punjabi singers like Kuldeep Manak, Surinder Shinda and some more, but it was popularized by Kuldeep Manak with Tere Tille Ton written by Dev Tharike Wala (also known as Hardev Dilgir).

Kali (poem)

"Kali" is a popular award winning poem by the eminent Indian writer, linguist and literary critic Rukmini Bhaya Nair. The poem won First Prize in the Second All India Poetry Competition conducted by The Poetry Society (India) in 1990. The poem has been widely cited and anthologised in reputed journals and scholalry volumes on contemporary Indian poetry.

Kali (painter)

Kali (Hanna Weynerowska, born Hanna Gordziałkowska; 18 December 1918 – 20 June 1998) was a Polish-born American painter known for her stylized portraits. She has been described as one of the most important Polish female painters. She was a World War II veteran of the Polish Resistance Movement after Nazi Germany occupied Poland, when she used the nom de guerreKali. After emigrating and marrying, she used many variants of name, including "Hanna Kali Weynerowski", "Hanna Weynerowski-Kali", "Hanna Gordziałkowski-Weynerowski", "Hanka Weynerowska", and "Hanna Gordziałkowski", but she signed her paintings Kali.

Kali (2006 film)

Kali is a 2006 Indian Malayalam film directed by Anil.

Kali (2016 film)

Kali is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language action thriller film directed and co-produced by Sameer Thahir. It stars Dulquer Salmaan and Sai Pallavi. It is the second collaboration of Thahir and Salmaan, after Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi (2013). The film was shot in Kochi, Vagamon, Athirappilly, Masinagudi, and Gudalur. The film was released on 26 March 2016.

Usage examples of "kali".

Kali was too crippled and toothless to be the child-killer, though Aganippe had once seen the grim old girl gum a hapless intruder half to death.

The chants began, first as two screams, then as drumrolls, and the feet began hitting the floor and the whole ashram building shook with the chant of Kali.

Baynes knelt in the rear with his family, and they all waved their arms and screamed when the rest of the ashram screamed to kill for the love of Kali.

Longines stopped the fiacre at the point where Kali Avenue crossed Exchange Street.

It must be remembered that Kali, while within the body of Nala, had been enchanted by the serpent Karkotaka.

Cherokee raced down Kali Oka Road, tires screaming on the narrow black asphalt each time the car rounded a curve.

Chapman, Kali Oka Road looked and sounded like some out-of-control block party.

Kali Oka Road, rising and falling across the darkened landscape in response to her shouts.

More screams followed, both male and female, as fear took firm root along Kali Oka Road.

It was a sudden transition from mortality to godhood, but David rose to the occasion, following the lead of little O-aa, daughter of Oose, king of Kali.

Kali or Durga during the act of sex had Roz looking interested, the nun looking fastidious, and the poor Lutheran minister looking as if she might stand up and flee.

They wrapped the forty dollars in the holy rumal, and with songs of praise and the raw sugar still on their lips, went before the Holy One, who had been brought to America by Kali.

The demon about to be offered up to Kali smiled and then the rumal snapped in half.

That fly gangstah bitch Kali now high in the saddle, getting busy, working me with that slippery slidy velvet crotch glove, thumping and bumping and grinding, riding the pony to Paradise as I looked out the window and smoked a cigarette.

Just think, Rosita, if the relief guard riding to the Residency had not found the half-stangled syce in time for us to learn of her kidnap and the location of the secret Temple of Kali, which they had visited previously.