yang

noun
\ ˈyäŋ How to pronounce yang (audio) , ˈyaŋ How to pronounce yang (audio) \

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

Examples of yang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some ways, Bluntman is the yang to Topher’s yin. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2020 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2020 The calming yin to coffee’s battery acid-like yang, tea has long taken the second spot as people’s caffeinated hot beverage of choice — but no longer does that seem to be the case. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, 14 Apr. 2020 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2020 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 5 Mar. 2020 In chic, crisp pantsuits, they’re introduced as ying and yang. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2019 The patli, which is also known as a chakla, is the yin to the belan’s yang; one is very rarely sold or found without the other. Khushbu Shah, Saveur, 26 Jan. 2016 Nadal is on the verge of equaling Federer, his longtime tennis yang who has become a very friendly rival. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of yang

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yang

Chinese (Beijing) yáng

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“Yang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yang. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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yang

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yang

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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