chi

1
[ kahy ]
/ kaɪ /

noun, plural chis.

the twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (X, χ).
the consonant sound represented by this letter.

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Origin of chi

1
From Greek

Definition for chi (2 of 4)

chi2
[ chee ]
/ tʃi /

noun Wade-Giles.

qi.

Definition for chi (3 of 4)

Chi
[ chahy ]
/ tʃaɪ /

noun

Origin of Chi

By shortening

Definition for chi (4 of 4)

Ch'i
[ chyee ]
/ tʃyi /

noun

one of two dynasties that ruled in China a.d. 479–502 and, as the Northern Ch'i, a.d. 550–77.
Also (Pinyin) Qi [chœ] /tʃœ/ .
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Example sentences from the Web for chi

  • As Po Ch-i is represented here by only one poem, no account of his life has been given.

British Dictionary definitions for chi (1 of 2)

chi1
/ (kaɪ) /

noun

the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), a consonant, transliterated as ch or rarely kh

British Dictionary definitions for chi (2 of 2)

chi2

ch'i or qi

/ (tʃiː) /

noun

(sometimes capital) (in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) vital energy believed to circulate round the body in currents

Word Origin for chi

Chinese, literally: energy
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Medical definitions for chi (1 of 3)

chi 11

n.

The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet.

Medical definitions for chi (2 of 3)

chi 22

n.

In traditional Chinese thought, the vital force believed to be inherent in all things. Unimpeded circulation of chi and a balance of its negative and positive forms in the body are held to be essential to good health.

Medical definitions for chi (3 of 3)

χ

The Greek letter chi. Entries beginning with this letter are alphabetized under chi.
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