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qi

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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English

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Etymology

From Chinese ().

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /tʃiː/

Noun

Singular
qi

Plural
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qi (-)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The fundamental life-force or energy.
    • 2003: Mallory Fromm, Qi Energy for Health and Healing: A Practical Guide to the Healing Principles of Life Energy
      And so he trained his qi, his breath, and his sense of timing, so that strength and size became irrelevant to his understanding of Aikido.

Translations


Mandarin

Pinyin

qi (form of qi0 or qi5)

  1. : luxuriant, flourishing, abundant
  2. :
  3. : air, gas, breath, oxygen, vitality, function

Pinyin syllable

qi

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, , , , or .

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

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