yin and yang


Definition of yin and yang

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

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Symbolizing the ancient Chinese principles of yin and yang that suggest opposing forces can actually be complementary, the candles display different hues, but nestle together perfectly to form the ultimate statement piece. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Love your Himalayan salt lamp? Here's why you need a Himalayan salt candle holder," 2 Aug. 2019 These solo performances form a sort of yin and yang of shows with suicide as a binder. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Solo actors capture dark and light in ‘Twisted Melodies’ and ‘Every Brilliant Thing’," 25 June 2019 Western car makers need a sense of yin and yang to operate in China. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Land Rover Wins Over Chinese Court—but Not Car Buyers," 23 Mar. 2019 By learning how to control the levels of the yin and yang proteins, the researchers might be able to create drugs to help people with memory issues, like dementia and trauma patients. National Geographic, "How a Pond Snail Could Someday Improve Your Memory," 13 Mar. 2018 In order for Chi to circulate, there must be balance—otherwise known as the ancient philosophy of yin and yang. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 26 Nov. 2018 This creates a sort of yin and yang for our consumers. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo president: “I compete for time,” not against Xbox, PlayStation," 3 Oct. 2018 The yin and yang tension also brought more activists into the movement; their friction generated useful heat. Elaine Weiss, Time, "Women's Movements Are Facing Internal Divisions. History Shows That's Not Necessarily a Bad Thing," 6 Mar. 2018 The yin and yang of baseball reside in the Central divisions. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Imbalance between NL Central and AL Central could have impact on wild-card races," 29 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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