tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C \ ˈtī-ˈchē , ˈtī-ˈjē \
variants: or less commonly t'ai chi
Updated on: 7 Jan 2018

Definition of tai chi

: an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises called also tai chi chuan, t'ai chi ch'uan\-chü-ˈän\

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Origin and Etymology of tai chi

Chinese (Beijing) tàijíquán, from tàijí the Absolute in Chinese cosmology + quán fist, boxing


TAI CHI Defined for English Language Learners

tai chi

noun

Definition of tai chi for English Language Learners

  • : a Chinese form of exercise that uses very slow and controlled movements


Medical Dictionary

tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
variants: also t'ai chi play \ˈtī-ˈjē, -ˈchē\

medical Definition of tai chi

: an ancient Chinese discipline involving a continuous series of controlled usually slow movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being called also t'ai chi ch'uan, tai chi chuan\-chü-ˈän\

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