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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

Examples of yin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tension melts from my muscles during a restorative yin yoga session, but my mind is still racing. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 30 July 2022 Yanging the yin, the album's second half offers Andress' exhilarating revelation of new love. Nancy Kruh, Peoplemag, 26 Aug. 2022 Not different in the diametrical yin-to-their-yang kind of way. al, 8 July 2022 The yin and the yang; the reliever and the starter. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Alan is also an extremely important part of the show—the yin to Nadia's yang—so Charlie Barnett would be back as well. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 23 Apr. 2022 Allen compares his time studying music at Brigham Young University to a yin-and-yang symbol. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Mar. 2022 The couple’s pose, meanwhile, evokes the yin-and-yang symbol — a deliberate choice by Joseph, who was inspired by their infinite love for one another. Marvin Joseph, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Opposite Gaga is Driver, the yin to her yang, tall, reserved and sober. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of yin

1671, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yin

Chinese (Beijing) yīn

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Last Updated

30 Sep 2022

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“Yin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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