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[yahng, yang] /yɑŋ, yæŋ/
See under yin and yang.

yin and yang

plural noun
(in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine (yin) and one positive, bright, and masculine (yang) whose interaction influences the destinies of creatures and things.
Origin of yin and yang
1930-35; < Chinese yīn-yáng Unabridged
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  • I spent a day each at two market towns on the way, and two days in Ch'ao yang itself.

  • “Notscha,” No. 18); the second is the mother of yang Oerlang (comp.

  • yang was mounted on a mustang, while the doctor and Jack trudged through the dust.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Note: yang Oerlang is a huntsman, as is indicated by his falcon and hound.

  • One of my volunteer helpers said, 'There is the residence of the official yang, where you can find shelter.'

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
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Chen Ning (ˈtʃɛn ˈnɪŋ). born 1922, US physicist, born in China: with Tsung-Dao Lee, he disproved the physical principle known as the conservation of parity and shared the Nobel prize for physics (1957)

Yin and Yang

two complementary principles of Chinese philosophy: Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, Yang positive, bright, and masculine. Their interaction is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it
Word Origin
from Chinese (Peking) yin dark + yang bright
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Word Origin and History for yang

1670s, from Mandarin yang "male, daylight, solar."

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yin and yang definition

Two forces in the universe, according to a Chinese theory: yin is the passive, negative force, and yang the active, positive force. According to this theory, wise people will detect these forces in the seasons, in their food, and so on, and will regulate their lives accordingly.

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