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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
yin and yang
▪ According to ancient ideas, the balance of yin and yang forces comprise an organic whole.
▪ An Oriental circle of yin and yang; no aggressor, no conquest.
▪ In its yin aspect, it is the soft receptivity of femininity, of true womanhood.
▪ In the future, perhaps all groups will be yin and yang: in perfect harmony.
▪ Like the Confucians, the Taoists reinterpreted for their own use the general notions of yin, yang, and tao.
▪ One yin and one yang make the whole, tao.
▪ One example was yin and yang.
▪ The balance of yin and yang are present throughout the universe and in the natural balance of all creatures upon our planet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Yin \Yin\, n. A Chinese weight of 22/3 pounds.


Yin \Yin\, n. (Chinese philosophy) one of the two fundamental principles. See yin and yang.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

feminine or negative principle in Chinese philosophy, 1670s, from Chinese (Mandarin) yin, said to mean "female, night, lunar," or "shade, feminine, the moon." Compare yang. Yin-yang is from 1850.


Etymology 1 n. (label en philosophy) A principle in Chinese and related East Asian philosophies associated with dark, cool, female, etc. elements of the natural world. Etymology 2

num. The number one, primarily used in Scotland and Ulster


n. the dark negative feminine principle in Chinese dualistic cosmology; "the interaction of yin and yang maintains the harmony of the universe" [ant: yang]


Yin may refer to:

  • Yin and yang, the dark force complementing yang in traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine
  • Yīn (surname) (殷), a Chinese surname
  • Yǐn (surname) (尹), a different Chinese surname
  • Shang dynasty, also known as the Yin dynasty
    • Yinxu or Yin, the Shang dynasty capital now in ruins
  • Yin (Ten Kingdoms), a short-lived kingdom during China's Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period
  • Yin Mountains, a mountain range in Inner Mongolia and Hebei province in China
  • yin (office) (, yǐn), an office of early China sometimes equivalent to prime minister and sometimes to governor
Yǐn (surname)

Yin is a Chinese surname. In 800 BCE, Bo Jifu, a renowned judge during the reign of Zhou Xuan Wang, held the position of Yin (equivalent to First Minister, most favored Minister, or Lord Protector), and changed his name to Yin Jifu. During the era of the Imperial Examination System, three other magistrates took on the surname Yǐn (尹) to denote their Imperial rank and favoured status.

The Korean surname Yoon and the Vietnamese surname Doãn are derived from Yin and traditionally written in the same Chinese character.

Yīn (surname)

Yīn (; literally "flourishing" and "blood red") is a rare Chinese surname.

Yin (Five Dynasties period)

The Yin was a short-lived kingdom during China’s Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period which lasted from 907 to 960 and bridged the time between the fall of the Tang Dynasty and the foundation of the Song Dynasty.

Usage examples of "yin".

Peering through the narrow slit between two hangings, he saw the headless yellow body with a scarlet cincture, which identified it as that of Yin Yin.

He thought for a moment that Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy, might have interceded on their behalf and sent the Ghost to a watery death.

He nodded at the emblems that had told him that she indeed followed feng shui diligently: an ostentatious bracelet of nine Chinese coins, a pin in the likeness of the homely goddess Guan Yin and a scarf with black fish on it.

I closed my eyes and prayed to Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy, the bodhisattva of compassion.

I could negotiate with the spirits: Guan Yin and the Mother of Mothers or the odd little spirit who had appeared in my dream.

Chinese coins, a pin in the likeness of the homely goddess Guan Yin and a scarf with black fish on it.

It was a pale lilac with the pictogram of the Yin family in green in one comer.

It was a pale lilac with the pictogram of the Yin family in green in one corner.

Now Threnody drew out one of the white objects Magician Yin had given me.

For an archetypal force indeed moved through him with his cock at her throttle or his hands on the wheel, the Faustian yang to her feminine yin.

More than fifteen years went by before Yin fell and Chou Hsin was thankfully slaughtered.

And although ambigrams were common in symbology-swastikas, yin yang, Jewish stars, simple crosses-the idea that a word could be crafted into an ambigram seemed utterly impossible.

She kept a mix of Rhode Island Reds (which were good egg layers), little bantams (which fared better on the edge of Elfhome's wilderness), and a mated pair of gray geese called Yin and Yang (that acted more like watchdogs than birds).

Tung Yin was goin’ to double-cross Kang Woon and Clanry and Miss Worley double-crossed Tung Yin, but I betcha they look funny when they open that golden pipe case and find nothin’ in it but Bill's old pipe.

Our embassy has received word that the Ranger's support ships intend to conduct search and rescue operations for their downed crew members lost in the air battle last week-" "They will not be permitted to enter the Celebes Sea, " Admiral Yin said solemnly.