from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The passive, female cosmic principle in Chinese dualistic philosophy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The essential female principle in some Eastern religions and philosophies.
  • n. The number one, primarily used in Scotland and Ulster

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Chinese weight of 22/3 pounds.
  • n. one of the two fundamental principles. See yin and yang.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the dark negative feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology


Chinese (Mandarin) yīn, moon, shade, female element.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Chinese trad. , simpl. (pinyin: yīn) (Wiktionary)
From ān. Cognate with yan, yen, ane and one. (Wiktionary)



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