Main definitions of chi in English

: chi1chi2

chi1

noun

  • 1The twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), transliterated in the traditional Latin style as ‘ch’ (as in Christ) or in the modern style as ‘kh’ (as in Khaniá and in the etymologies of this dictionary)

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This use of h was first established in Latin, which used ch, ph, and th for the Greek letters chi, phi, and theta.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1ChiAstronomy followed by Latin genitive The twenty-second star in a constellation.
      ‘Chi Ophiuchi’

Origin

Greek.

Pronunciation

chi

/kī/

Main definitions of chi in English

: chi1chi2

chi2

noun

  • variant spelling of qi
    • ‘These methods purportedly activate prana or chi, the presumed life force that sustains our health.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's considered to be spiritual and purifying energy along the lines of Japanese ki or the Chinese concept of chi.’
    • ‘You probably need to move a few things around to get the bedroom chi flowing properly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a metaphysical belief there is no way to disprove the existence of chi.’
    • ‘The flower remedies work on a mind-body level, centering around life force energy (known as chi or prana in Eastern medicines).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Different traditions call this energy by different names, such as chi, prana and life force.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chiropractic seems like a materialistic version of Chinese acupuncture used to unblock chi, or therapeutic touch to channel prana.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is chi throughout you, circulating in your structure, whether you want it or not.’
    • ‘When we are cold our system contracts - blood and chi do not circulate and we become very quickly fatigued.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are as likely to identify the energy with auras, chi, or orgone as with anything physical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout history, cultures have acknowledged the existence of a subtle life-force energy, or chi, underlying and connecting all material existence.’

Pronunciation

chi

/CHē/