Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

Chinese (Mandarin) fēng shuǐ, wind (and) water : fēng, wind + shuǐ, water.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sinitic 風水 (fēngshuǐ, "wind and water") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • I pronounce it geomancy.

    December 25, 2008

  • 'Foong shway' here. Never mind, the Chinese seem to have dialects on their dialects, several pronunciations do not surprise me.

    July 14, 2008

  • I usually hear it pronounced "feng shway" around here.

    July 14, 2008

  • Chinese = wind & water
    pronounced "fong shway"
    A superstitious practice of ensuring good fortune to a house by placing the furniture and fittings at appropriate positions.

    July 14, 2008