from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Chinese art or practice of positioning objects, especially graves, buildings, and furniture, based on a belief in patterns of yin and yang and the flow of chi that have positive and negative effects.
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- n. An ancient Chinese system of designing buildings and space arrangement according to special rules about the flow of energy, aimed at achieving harmony with the environment.
- n. In Chinese mythology, a system of spiritual energies, both good and evil, present in the natural features of landscapes.
- v. To arrange a space according to the rules of feng shui.
The two men settled into Charles Russell's library, waiting for Long and his feng shui divinator, smoking, drinking coffee with just a little whiskey in it to keep out the cold, and slowly easing into the shared talk of professionals concerning tricky investigations and foolish criminals.
Five hours later, when Mr Long's feng shui expert pushed himself back from the paper-laden library desk, the trees in the garden behind him had not been visible for some time.
The classical principles of feng shui are laid down in history, and although each practitioner has his or her own style, the formulae should be the same.