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'ua \ ˈtī-​ˈchē-​chü-​ˈän How to pronounce t'ai chi ch'ua (audio) , ˈtī-​ˈjē-​ \

Definition of tai chi

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

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Those included swimming, bicycling and stretching, as well as tai chi, qigong and Dance Dance Revolution. Los Angeles Times, "These six things can stave off weight gain, even if your genes boost your risk of obesity," 1 Aug. 2019 In the film, Billi fluctuates between spiritedly joining her grandmother (Zhao Shuzhen) in practicing tai chi and wallowing in her feelings of isolation during tense dinnertime discussions. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Director Lulu Wang made ‘The Farewell’ to find out what it means to say goodbye," 22 July 2019 There’s a full-service spa, and guests can join daily complimentary tai chi and yoga classes, plus history and art tours of the resort and lawn games. Alison Darosa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "July travel deals for Universal Studios, Disney World, Waikiki Beach," 3 July 2019 Every morning, locals gather in Tao Dan for dance classes, tai chi, shadow boxing, and hula-hooping. Sayoni Sinha, National Geographic, "Craft brews and skyline views: The ultimate Ho Chi Minh City itinerary," 3 June 2019 Nearby, a capoeira group rehearses, and a bit further several dozen tai chi students push the air gently away in this direction and that. Juan Cristóbal Cobo, National Geographic, "This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it," 27 Mar. 2019 One Sunday a month through September, from 3 to 6 p.m., Main Street will be host to pick-up games of corn hole, bocce and other passive yard games for adults and children, drop in yoga/tai chi and pilates. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 10 July 2018 In a recent study in China, one doctor decided to test his theory that tai chi could be substituted for traditional Western pulmonary rehabilitation (PR). Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 Deep breathing exercises, meditation, tai chi (and yoga) will all improve your health. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tai chi

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

tai chi

noun, often capitalized T&C
variants: also t'ai chi \ ˈtī-​ˈjē, -​ˈchē How to pronounce t'ai 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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