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chi 1also khi (kī, kē)
The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
[Late Greek khī, from earlier khei.]
chi 2also ch'i or qi (chē)
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 qì, air, spirit, energy of life, from Middle Chinese khi`.]
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(Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), a consonant, transliterated as ch or rarely kh
(Alternative Belief Systems) (sometimes capital) (in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) vital energy believed to circulate round the body in currents
[Chinese, literally: energy]
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n., pl. chis.
the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ).
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|Noun||1.||chi - 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
|2.||chi - the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet|
Greek alphabet - the alphabet used by ancient Greeks
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