tai chi


ˈtī-ˈchē How to pronounce tai chi (audio)
variants or less commonly t'ai chi or tai chi chuan or t'ai chi ch'uan
often capitalized T&C
: 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 The three-night itineraries also include excursions in each of the cities, plus a variety of wellness experiences such as massages, tai chi, and meditation. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Jan. 2024 However, the practice can also be done virtually—people can find tai chi videos online or can join tai chi Zoom classes for example, Winters-Stone said. Julia Landwehr, Health, 30 Nov. 2023 Furthermore, exercises such as tai chi can also help one’s memory and mental function as well as one’s physical health. Paul Hsieh, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Here’s what experts had to say about the benefits and limitations of tai chi, how the practice affects the body, and who should consider adding tai chi to their wellness routine. Julia Landwehr, Health, 30 Nov. 2023 Try meditation, tai chi, yoga, and other relaxing activities to manage stress. Maressa Brown, Health, 31 Oct. 2023 Here’s how Laborde powers through his workday with body surfing, tai chi and strategic fasting. Ariel Smith, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Researchers found that symptoms of Parkinson’s disease progressed slower in those who practiced tai chi. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Persimmons ripen on trees nearby and magpies flit around the ancient Altar of the Sun park across the street, where early risers often perform tai chi. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tai chi was in 1954

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“Tai chi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tai%20chi. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

tai chi

ˈtī-ˈjē How to pronounce tai chi (audio)
often capitalized T&C
: an ancient Chinese system of movements performed for meditation or exercise

Medical Definition

tai chi

variants also t'ai chi or tai chi chuan or t'ai chi ch'uan
often capitalized T&C
: 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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