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chi1

[kahy] /kaɪ/
noun, plural chis.
1.
the twenty-second letter of the Greek alphabet (X, χ).
2.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of chi1
< Greek

chi2

[chee] /tʃi/
noun
1.
the vital life force in the body supposedly regulated by acupuncture.
Origin
< Chinese breath

Chi

[chahy] /tʃaɪ/
noun
1.
Origin
by shortening

Ch'i

[chyee] /tʃyi/
noun
1.
one of two dynasties that ruled in China a.d. 479–502 and, as the Northern Ch'i, a.d. 550–77.
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Examples from the Web for chi
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  • The nearest approach that I got to an answer was from one of the old beadles, who replied to my question, “chi sa?”

    Rome in 1860 Edward Dicey
  • Me and my buddies, we just come back from fighting in chi, Gerri.

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • With which chi Fu rose slowly and majestically, and glided into the next room.

    The Little Girl Lost Eleanor Raper
  • chicago came to be so common a word that they began to call it "chi."

  • Speaking about a month my month without leave is pretty near up and I am figureing on going to chi the 1st.

    Treat 'em Rough Ring W. Lardner
British Dictionary definitions for chi

chi1

/kaɪ/
noun
1.
the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet (Χ, χ), a consonant, transliterated as ch or rarely kh

chi2

/tʃiː/
noun
1.
(sometimes capital) (in Oriental medicine, martial arts, etc) vital energy believed to circulate round the body in currents
Word Origin
Chinese, literally: energy
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Word Origin and History for chi
n.

22nd letter of the Greek alphabet, representing a -kh- sound (see ch). The letter is shaped like an X, and so the Greek letter name was used figuratively to signify such a shape or arrangement (e.g. khiasma "two things placed crosswise;" khiastos "arranged diagonally; marked with an X;" khiazein "to mark with an 'X', to write the letter 'X'"). Some dialects used chi to represent the -ks- sound properly belonging to xi; Latin picked this up and the sound value of chi in Latin-derived alphabets is now that of English X.

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chi in Medicine

chi or khi (kī)
n.

Symbol χ The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chi

Chi

noun

Chicago: love visiting Chitown

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chi

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chi in Technology
language
A wide spectrum language, the forerunner of Refine.
["Research on Knowledge-Based Software Environments at Kestrel Institute", D.R. Smith et al, IEEE Trans Soft Eng, SE-11(11) 1985]
(2006-07-11)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for chi

Chi

Chicago

CHI

1.
Chicago Bears
2.
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