yang

noun \ ˈyäŋ , ˈyaŋ \

Definition of yang

: the masculine active principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in light, heat, or dryness and that combines with yin to produce all that comes to be

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Origin and Etymology of yang

Chinese (Beijing) yáng



YANG Defined for English Language Learners

yang

noun

Definition of yang for English Language Learners

  • in Chinese philosophy : one of the two forces that together form everything that exists : the male principle of the universe that is considered light and active and is associated with heaven



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