chi

1
[ kahy ]
/ kaɪ /
|

noun, plural chis.

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

Origin of chi

1
From Greek

Definition for chi (2 of 5)

chi

2
[ chee ]
/ tʃi /

noun Wade-Giles.


Definition for chi (3 of 5)

Chi

[ chahy ]
/ tʃaɪ /

noun


Origin of Chi

by shortening

Definition for chi (4 of 5)

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

Definition for chi (5 of 5)

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 (1 of 3)

chi

1
/ (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 3)

chi

2

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

British Dictionary definitions for chi (3 of 3)

qi

/ (tʃiː) /

noun

a variant of chi 2

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