ch'i


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chi 1

also khi  (kī, kē)
n.
The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

[Late Greek khī, from earlier khei.]

chi 2

also ch'i or qi  (chē)
n.
The vital force believed in Taoism and other Chinese thought to be inherent in all things. The unimpeded circulation of chi and a balance of its negative and positive forms in the body are held to be essential to good health in traditional Chinese medicine.

[Mandarin , air, spirit, energy of life, from Middle Chinese khi`.]
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Noun1.ch'i - the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all thingsch'i - the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
vim, vitality, energy - a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; "jogging works off my excess energy"; "he seemed full of vim and vigor"
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