feng shui

\ˈfəŋ-ˈshwē, -ˈshwā\

Definition of feng shui 

: a Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it also : orientation, placement, or arrangement according to the precepts of feng shui

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The manicured grounds, which include two outdoor fireplaces, fountain features and a koi pond, were done by landscape architect Mark Rios and feng shui consultant David Cho. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "'West Wing' star Rob Lowe seeks $47 million for empty nest in Montecito," 30 June 2018 More from Mansion The Lowes bought the land in 2005, records show, and built the home from scratch, hiring a feng shui master to help create a peaceful atmosphere. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Rob Lowe Asks $47 Million for California Estate," 22 June 2018 Most of the companies still using their downtown outposts have figured out that feng shui. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban companies battle tech giants for talent. Downtown office spaces are their secret weapon.," 21 June 2018 La Volpe was impressed with Camacho’s expertise in history and feng shui, the Chinese practice of harmonizing human surroundings with the natural world. Raúl Vilchis, New York Times, "Mexico Wages a Psychological Battle Against Its World Cup Demons," 6 June 2018 The grand archway on Nelson Street is said to have been built according to the principles of feng shui, thus bringing good luck. The Economist, "Europe’s oldest Chinatown fights for survival," 31 May 2018 Somewhere like Arcadia, where the median price per square foot is 50 percent higher than in Los Angeles proper, and where $7 million teardown listings tout propitious feng shui. Scott Garner, Town & Country, "How Arcadia, California Became the Next Calabasas," 9 Aug. 2017 Triple eights are believed to triple luck and fortune, say feng shui enthusiasts, who also care that construction took place during what's called the Flying Star Period of 8. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "$4 million feng shui mansion designed to maximize good fortune (photos)," 6 Mar. 2018 Most potential homeowners don't know of feng shui or believe in it, yet Barker is marketing her home for sale based on ancient Chinese calculations, formulas and astrology. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "$4 million feng shui mansion designed to maximize good fortune (photos)," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of feng shui

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for feng shui

Chinese (Beijing) fēngshui geomantic omen, literally, wind-water

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English Language Learners Definition of feng shui

: a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness

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