yin and yang


Definition of yin and yang

: opposite sides, elements, or extremes the daily yin and yang of the campaign— Steve Lopez

Examples of yin and yang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The philosophy of yin and yang permeates many ancient Chinese fields of study, from the martial arts to medicine to feng shui. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Feng Shui," 2 July 2020 Following traditional Chinese medicine philosophy, balancing yin and yang energy can treat a variety of physical, mental and emotional ailments with firm pressure, quick tapping and slow kneading. NBC News, "Try these traditional Chinese medicine practices for self-care during quarantine," 14 May 2020 The yin and yang of keeper vs. thrower-outer led to some fascinating discussions about value — both emotional (as with, say, a child’s old bike) and monetary — and often some heated arguments. J.a. Kohl, Good Housekeeping, "A Family Garage Sale Taught Me That It's OK to Say Goodbye to My Past," 6 Mar. 2020 That would be the famous yin and yang characters of Odette and Odile in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which has become her personal trademark since the age of 21. Rachel King, Fortune, "Behind the scenes in the career of a prima ballerina," 22 Feb. 2020 Think of yin and yang as the complementary but opposite sides of a coin that together form a perfect whole. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Medicine in motion: How Tai Chi heals body and mind," 13 Dec. 2019 Biden and Sanders, despite their yin and yang ideas for running the country, are beginning to look like the two candidates to watch, in Iowa and nationally. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "For Pete Buttigieg's presidential hopes, Iowa takes on oversized importance," 2 Feb. 2020 Learn more No Redemption Fri, Oct 18, 7-10 p.m. French bass house heroes Tchami and Malaa are the yin and yang of club culture. Kat Bein, Billboard, "These Are the 30 Best Events Happening at Amsterdam Dance Event 2019," 14 Oct. 2019 This year features the yin and yang of college football. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Air Force Falcons’ chances in the Cheez-It Bowl, according to the national media," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of yin and yang

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Yin and yang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yin%20and%20yang. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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