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 Combined, their yin-yang dynamic propels the narrative momentum and is absolutely crucial to the emotional and action-packed denouement. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Pixar's charming fantasy 'Onward' mixes laughs and tears with sword and sorcery," 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, "13 Loose Leaf Teas To Try— & Everything Else You To Brew A Soothing Cup," 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, "Review: Pixar's charming fantasy 'Onward' mixes laughs and tears with sword and sorcery," 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, "Pixar magic moves ‘Onward’ upward," 5 Mar. 2020 In chic, crisp pantsuits, they’re introduced as ying and yang. Los Angeles Times, "How Bette Midler and Judith Light made ‘The Politician’s’ most surprising episode," 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, "10 Essential Indian Cooking Tools for Making Perfect Flatbreads, Fritters, and Curries," 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, "Rafael Nadal Is Closing In on His 20th Slam. He Isn’t Counting.," 23 Jan. 2020 Triple slits therefore represent the yin and the yang of physics research—both fundamental and functional. Urbasi Sinha, Scientific American, "Quantum Slits Open New Doors," 7 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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6 Jun 2020

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“Yang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yang. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for yang

yang

noun
How to pronounce yang (audio) How to pronounce yang (audio)

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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