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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"physical life force," 1850, from Chinese qi "air, breath."


n. (cx philosophy English) (altform chi English)


n. the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health [syn: chi, ch'i, ki]


QI'' (Quite Interesting'') is a British comedy panel game television quiz show created and co-produced by John Lloyd, hosted by Sandi Toksvig (after taking over from the original host, Stephen Fry, after 13 series), and featuring permanent panelist Alan Davies. Most of the questions are extremely obscure, making it unlikely that the correct answer will be given. To compensate, points are awarded not only for right answers, but also for interesting ones, regardless of whether they are right or even relate to the original question. Conversely, points are deducted from a panelist who gives "answers which are not only wrong, but pathetically obvious," typically answers that are generally believed to be true but in fact are misconceptions. These answers are known as forfeits, usually indicated by a loud siren, flashing lights, and the incorrect answer being displayed on screen. Bonus points are sometimes awarded or deducted for challenges or incorrect references, varying from show to show.

The show has received very positive ratings from critics and has been nominated for multiple awards. Several books, DVDs and other tie-ins to the show have been released, and international versions of QI have been made in other countries. QI has a philosophy that "everything is interesting if looked at in the right way"; many factual errors in the show have been corrected in later episodes or on the show's blog.

For its first five series, corresponding to the first five letters of the alphabet and shown between 2003 and 2007, episodes premiered on BBC Four and received their first analogue airing on BBC Two a week later, with syndicated episodes of previous series shown on UKTV G2/ Dave. QI has the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and Dave. From series F in 2008 the show moved to BBC One, with extended-length repeats on BBC Two (titled QI XL). For series G, the regular show moved to a pre-watershed slot, with the extended edition still shown after the watershed. Beginning with the ninth series, the show returned to a post-watershed slot on BBC Two. In October 2015, it was announced that the M series would be the last to be hosted by Stephen Fry. He is due to be replaced by comedian and frequent QI panellist Sandi Toksvig.

Qi (state)

Qi was a state of the Zhou Kingdom in ancient China, variously reckoned as a march, duchy, and independent kingdom. Its capital was Yingqiu, located within present-day Zibo in Shandong.

Qi was founded shortly after the Zhou overthrow of Shang in the 11th century. Its first marquis was Jiang Ziya, minister of King Wen and a legendary figure in Chinese culture. His family ruled Qi for several centuries before it was replaced by the Tian family in 386. In 221, Qi was the final major state annexed by Qin during its unification of China.

Qi (disambiguation)

Qi, in traditional Chinese culture, is an active principle forming part of any living thing.

Qi may also refer to:

Qi (Li Maozhen's state)

Qi was a kingdom during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in Chinese history. The kingdom, at its prime, covered parts of modern-day Gansu, Shaanxi, and Sichuan provinces, but eventually shrank to only the immediate area around its capital Fengxiang in Shaanxi. Its only ruler was Li Maozhen, who later submitted to Later Tang. (After Li Maozhen's death in 924, his son Li Congyan would continue to govern Fengxiang until 926, when he was removed by the Later Tang's emperor Li Cunxu, although he would serve three later stints as governor of Fengxiang.)

Qi (Henan)

Qi was a minor feudal state in ancient China that existed from the beginning of the Shang Dynasty (16th century BCE) until the beginning of the Warring States period, c. 445 BCE.

Qi (surname)

Qi is the romanization of several Chinese family names, including 祁 (Qí), 齊/齐 (Qí), 戚 (Qī), 乞 (Qí), 奇 (Qí) and 亓 (Qí).

QI (Dutch TV series)

QI is a Dutch panel show, which aired on the television network VARA from December 2008, based on the QI UK format. The show only lasted the first season with six episodes broadcast, and ended on 31 January 2009. The show was hosted by Arthur Japin, with Thomas van Luyn as a permanent panelist.

QI (Czech TV series)

QI (Quite Interesting) is a Czech panel show aired by TV Prima. The format is based on the UK version of QI. The program is hosted by Leoš Mareš alongside regular guest Patrik Hezucký. On the show, Leoš Mareš asks interesting, often obscure questions, the guests can score points for answers that are funny and interesting.

Qi (inductive power standard)

Qi (pronounced ; IPA: , coming from the Chinese word meaning " natural energy") is an interface standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 4 cm (1.6 inches). The Qi system comprises a power transmission pad and a compatible receiver in a portable device. To use the system, the mobile device is placed on top of the power transmission pad, which charges it via resonant inductive coupling.

Mobile device manufacturers that are working with the standard include Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Sony. According to a list of Qi enabled devices by Qi Wireless Charging, July 14, 2016 there were over 140 smartphones, tablets and other devices which can be charged wirelessly with Qi. The Wireless Power Consortium was established in 2008, and is an open-membership cooperation of Asian, European, and American companies in various manufacturing industries. The consortium aims to create a global standard for inductive charging technology.