tai chi

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

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\ ˈtī-​ˈchē-​chü-​ˈän , ˈtī-​ˈjē-​\

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Deep breathing exercises, meditation, tai chi (and yoga) will all improve your health. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 For pain that continues even after a couple of months of exercise or PT, the ACP recommends considering these: Yoga and tai chi. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That aching back is hard to fix, but here are a few things to try," 9 July 2018 NE Arthur Storey Park Green space has a playground with swings, gazebo, observation ponds, tai chi court and trails. Houston Chronicle, "Playgrounds around Houston," 10 May 2018 Someday, the research hints, insurance companies could do well to cover special courses of yoga, tai chi or physical therapy as a safer alternative to painkillers and invasive procedures. Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American, "Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain," 1 Oct. 2017 Yoga — like other mind-body exercises such as tai chi and meditation — seems to be particularly helpful in reducing harmful inflammation. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 The next morning, Chris works off his anger toward Colton through tai chi. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Bachelor in Paradise Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: The Colton and Tia Drama, Continued," 13 Aug. 2018 All the while, the hero builds a friendship, bordering on romance, with a shy baker who’s skilled at tai chi. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Get ready for the World Cup final with Shaolin Soccer," 13 July 2018 This class will be a little more qui gong and a little less tai chi. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Discover antiques and art in Waukesha April 20-22," 16 Apr. 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 \

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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