Definition of yin
: the feminine passive principle in nature that in Chinese cosmology is exhibited in darkness, cold, or wetness and that combines with yang to produce all that comes to be
Recent Examples of yin from the Web
Like many classic pairings, Gorden-Levitt and Tatum are a yin and yang of modern-day movie stardom — with Gordon-Levitt’s small frame and hipster persona contrasting with Tatum’s specific brand of Magic Mike beefcake.
Daniel and Zorn are the yin and yang of Alexa, the former responsible for the technology that keeps Alexa running and the latter in charge of the emotional response Alexa evokes in users.
Because most things in this world are neither completely good, nor completely bad, this painting explores characteristics of both yin and yang in harmony.
The author, Jessica Nutik Zitter, is a physician who specializes in both critical care medicine and palliative care, the yin and yang of medicine.
One of traditional medicine’s central tenets is the balance of yin and yang within the body.
But there the yin/yang allegory wasn’t too neat: Both guys were responsible for a romance novel suggesting deep shame for how things had been left with Nora.
Yin is a past chief of staff to Congress' Joint Committee on Taxation.
Yin is a past chief of staff to Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation.
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Origin and Etymology of yin
Chinese (Beijing) yīn
First Known Use: 1671See Words from the same year
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Definition of yin for English Language Learners
in Chinese philosophy : one of the two forces that together form everything that exists : the female principle of the universe that is considered dark and passive and is associated with earth
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