chi

1
[ kahy ]
/ kaɪ /
|

noun, plural chis.

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

Nearby words

  1. cheyne-stokes respiration,
  2. chez,
  3. chełmno,
  4. chg.,
  5. chhattisgarh,
  6. chi kung,
  7. chi meson,
  8. chi particle,
  9. chi-chi,
  10. chi-rho

Origin of chi

1
From Greek

chi

2
[ chee ]
/ tʃi /

noun Wade-Giles.

Chi

[ chahy ]
/ tʃaɪ /

noun

Origin of Chi

by shortening

qi

[ chœ ]
/ tʃœ /

noun Pinyin.

(in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy) the vital life force that flows through the body and is supposedly regulated by acupuncture.
Also Wade-Giles, chi.

Origin of qi

From the Chinese word breath

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for chi

chi

1
/ (kaɪ) /

noun

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

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

qi

/ (tʃiː) /

noun

a variant of chi 2
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Word Origin and History for chi
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