noun \ˈkī, ˈkē\

Definition of CHI

:  the 22d letter of the Greek alphabet — see alphabet table

Origin of CHI

Greek chei, chi
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

Rhymes with CHI


noun, often capitalized \ˈchē\

Definition of CHI

:  vital energy that is held to animate the body internally and is of central importance in some Eastern systems of medical treatment (as acupuncture) and of exercise or self-defense (as tai chi)

Variants of CHI

chi or ch'i also qi \ˈchē\

Origin of CHI

Ch (Beijing) qì, literally, air, breath
First Known Use: 1850
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