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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Recent Examples on the Web As for the activities, there’s everything from tai chi and personal-training sessions to windsurfing and scuba diving — plus complimentary daily spa treatments. Siobhan Reid, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 5 International Spas," 8 July 2020 Also, July will be free yoga and tai chi month at Beachwood Park. cleveland, "Enjoy an outdoor movie in Beachwood: Press Run," 26 June 2020 Some highlights include full body workouts, yoga sessions, Caribbean Zumba, and tai chi, as well as lessons on cooking, massage techniques, herbal remedies, meditation, and more. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Celebrate Global Wellness Day With Live Workouts, Cooking Lessons, Yoga, and More From Rosewood Hotels," 13 June 2020 Yoga, tai chi and qi gong are spiritual disciplines, designed to meld body and mind. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "How to make good decisions when you're paralyzed by the stress of protests and the pandemic," 4 June 2020 She's kept herself busy by painting, learning tai chi and playing Scrabble with her daughter online. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Social isolation puts seniors' health at risk. The coronavirus is cutting them off further," 19 Mar. 2020 Parisa Mihan Doost, below, is a tai chi coach and won a gold medal at the 2019 Iranian National Tai Chi competition. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Kentucky's governor seat goes blue, Gordon Sondland's reversal and suspect arrested in Mexico: The Morning Rundown," 6 Nov. 2019 Breathing in unison — as in a yoga or tai chi class — can also increase the feeling of collective joy. Washington Post, "Here’s how exercise reduces anxiety and makes you feel more connected," 21 Jan. 2020 Jill Basso, a tai chi instructor for more than 20 years, comes over to correct my form. The Editors, Outside Online, "How to Chill Out and Relax Already," 1 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of tai chi was in 1954

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16 Jul 2020

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“Tai chi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tai%20chi. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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