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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In a rare display of perfect yin and yang, every single rumor uttered in recent months has produced its equal and opposite anti-rumor.
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Origin and Etymology of yang
Chinese (Beijing) yáng
First Known Use: 1671
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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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