Main definitions of chi in English

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chi1

noun

  • 1The twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), transliterated as ‘kh’ or ‘ch’.

    • ‘An X-like character in the Greek alphabet is called chi (pronounced kee).’
    • ‘It is possible that the substitution of ‘ck’ with ‘x’ is a linguistic nod to the Greek letter chi.’
    • ‘He had a dream in which he saw the chi and the rho, the first two Greek letters of Jesus' name, saying ‘In this sign, conquer’, and so he had that emblazoned on a banner he went out the next day under the name of the crucified.’
    • ‘This use of h was first established in Latin, which used ch, ph, and th for the Greek letters chi, phi, and theta.’
    1. 1.1Astronomy
      [followed by Latin genitive]The twenty-second star in a constellation.
      ‘Chi Ophiuchi’

Origin

Greek.

Pronunciation:

chi

/kʌɪ/

Main definitions of chi in English

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chi2

(also ki, qi)

noun

  • [mass noun] The circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine.

    • ‘Historically, major medical systems have always reflected social ideologies, from shamanism's intercession with the spirit world to traditional Chinese medicine's harmonious balancing of chi.’
    • ‘Different traditions call this energy by different names, such as chi, prana and life force.’
    • ‘According to the Daoist view, we produce our energy through breathing in chi from the air - if we don't breathe fully our energy will be diminished.’
    • ‘There is chi throughout you, circulating in your structure, whether you want it or not.’
    • ‘By my sixth year I learned how to control my bodies natural power, chi, life force, whatever one wishes to call it.’
    • ‘Ideally, chi should circulate around the mattress where children sleep encouraging good health’
    • ‘It's considered to be spiritual and purifying energy along the lines of Japanese ki or the Chinese concept of chi.’
    • ‘Chiropractic seems like a materialistic version of Chinese acupuncture used to unblock chi, or therapeutic touch to channel prana.’
    • ‘When we are cold our system contracts - blood and chi do not circulate and we become very quickly fatigued.’
    • ‘The flower remedies work on a mind-body level, centering around life force energy (known as chi or prana in Eastern medicines).’
    • ‘The first step is space clearance - according to Zen principles, clutter is an accumulation of anything that impedes the vital flow of chi, or essential energy, in the home.’
    • ‘These methods purportedly activate prana or chi, the presumed life force that sustains our health.’
    • ‘Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique for unblocking chi (ch'i or qi) by inserting needles at particular points on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang.’
    • ‘Throughout history, cultures have acknowledged the existence of a subtle life-force energy, or chi, underlying and connecting all material existence.’
    • ‘They would now be able to understand such things as acupuncture, chi, orgone energy, telepathy, etc., as well as diagnose and cure whatever ails us.’
    • ‘In China, before construction begins on any new buildings, a Feng Shui expert will be consulted to ensure that all chi will be allowed to flow freely.’
    • ‘You probably need to move a few things around to get the bedroom chi flowing properly.’
    • ‘They are as likely to identify the energy with auras, chi, or orgone as with anything physical.’
    • ‘The beauty benefits are a side effect, as the real benefit lies in the development of chi (life force), which, when flowing strongly, brings health to the vital organs and is even thought to induce a state of enlightenment.’
    • ‘As a metaphysical belief there is no way to disprove the existence of chi.’

Origin

From Chinese qì, literally air, breath.

Pronunciation:

chi

/kiː/