feng shui

noun
\ ˈfəŋ-ˈshwē How to pronounce feng shui (audio) , -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

Examples of feng shui in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In feng shui, different colours express each of the five basic elements — wood, earth, metal, fire, and water — and the hues can be used to shift energy. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Surround Yourself With These Lucky Colours in 2020 For Health and Happiness," 6 Jan. 2020 Revelations about letting adolescents find their way in the world fit seamlessly into her account, along with instructions about feng shui, and Bauermeister is wise enough not to overextend her use of metaphors to illuminate her points. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, "From house of horrors to family home," 17 Apr. 2020 Free Home Audio Tips Often times, big audio improvements just take some menu diving and feng shui. Parker Hall, Wired, "How to Upgrade Your Home Audio While You're Quarantined," 7 Apr. 2020 Good feng shui can turn any venue into a lucky setting. Harper's BAZAAR, "Double Happiness: The Season's Luckiest Wedding Gowns—In China's Most Heavenly Setting," 30 Sep. 2019 On a macro level, the series lands somewhere between a feng shui simulator and a digital version of a bonsai tree. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Animal Crossing: New Horizons review: A quarantined life has never been cuter," 16 Mar. 2020 Outdoor space: The rocky, sloped property in back has been landscaped with nine distinct zones based on feng shui principles. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$300,000 Homes in Florida, Maine and Virginia," 11 Mar. 2020 This was the musical equivalent of feng shui, the Chinese concept of controlling energy through space, but in this case through time. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Conductor Kirill Karabits led a stunning half of a Dallas Symphony concert. The other half, well...," 28 Feb. 2020 The good news: Making a few feng shui changes is easy. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom, According to an Expert," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of feng shui was in 1797

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feng shui.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feng%20shui. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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feng shui

noun
How to pronounce feng shui (audio)

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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