tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
\ ˈtī-ˈchē How to pronounce tai chi (audio) , ˈtī-ˈjē \
variants: or less commonly t'ai chi or tai chi chuan or t'ai chi ch'uan \ ˈtī-​ˈchē-​chü-​ˈän How to pronounce tai chi (audio) , ˈtī-​ˈjē-​ \

Definition of tai chi

: an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises

Examples of tai chi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are also six sports cruises—options include yoga, pilates, and tai chi—supervised by professionals. Mélanie Nauche, Vogue, 30 June 2022 Carrère has also practiced tai chi, yoga and meditation for nearly 30 years. Randy Rosenthal, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Activities such as yoga, tai chi, other exercise and meditation can help relieve stress. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 28 May 2022 Clifford, who now owns the Center for Integrative Medicine in Mountain Home, taught tai chi, a form of martial arts, and qigong, which integrates posture, movement and other elements to improve mental and physical health. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 His devotion to tai chi and his books on meditation suggest someone curious about the world and working to know himself better. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 Greg Power leads members of the unsheltered community in tai chi. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 These classes include tai chi easy, Pilates and yoga at various locations. Megan Becka, cleveland, 6 May 2022 Her backup singers executed tai chi–like hand motions. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tai chi

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tai chi

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

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10 Aug 2022

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tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
variants: also t'ai chi \ ˈtī-​ˈjē, -​ˈchē How to pronounce tai chi (audio) \ or tai chi chuan or t'ai chi ch'uan \ -​chü-​ˈän \

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

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