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Also an English spelling of the Sanskrit nibbana, meaning extinction or "blowing out" (like a candle).  Nirvana is a frequently used term in BuddhIsm--very roughly it is the state of being when ego-centered/craving consciousness is extinguished.  See the EncyclopaediaBritannica [,5716,57318+1+55914,00.html?kw=nirvaunua entry for nirvana] for a more detailed definition.