Chinese

Definitions

  • Chinese Laundrymen
    Chinese Laundrymen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Chinese of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures "Chinese food"
    • adj Chinese of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language "the Taiwanese capital is Taipeh"
    • n Chinese any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
    • n Chinese a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Chinese man fishing with birds A Chinese man fishing with birds
Chinese Gambling Chinese Gambling
INTERIOR OF CHINESE HOUSE AT SINGAPORE INTERIOR OF CHINESE HOUSE AT SINGAPORE
CHINESE PORTER CHINESE PORTER
Two Chinese men stand with their queues out to form a letter T Two Chinese men stand with their queues out to form a letter T
A CHINESE FLOATING VILLAGE A CHINESE FLOATING VILLAGE
Entrance gate to compound of Chinese house Entrance gate to compound of Chinese house
Compound of Chinese house Compound of Chinese house

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: English traders introduced opium to China to create a market for the drug. They then traded silver for opium to help pay other Chinese traders for their tea.
    • Chinese A native or natives of China, or one of that yellow race with oblique eyelids who live principally in China.
    • a Chinese Of or pertaining to China; peculiar to China.
    • Chinese The language of China, which is monosyllabic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Chinese, the words 'crisis' and 'opportunity' are the same.
    • Chinese Of or pertaining to China.
    • n Chinese singular and plural (plural also formerly Chineses). A native or natives of China; specifically, a member or members of the principal indigenous race of China proper, as distinguished from other Mongoloids, such as the Manchus, the present ruling race in the Chinese empire.
    • n Chinese The language of China. It is a monosyllabic tongue, and on this ground is generally classed with the other languages of the same character in southeastern Asia, in Further India and the Himalayas, as constituting the monosyllabic family. It exists in many dialects, of which the so-called Mandarin is the leading and official one. It is composed of only about 500 words, as we should distinguish them in writing, all of them ending in a vowel-sound or in a nasal, although some of the dialects still retain final mutes, lost in Mandarin. This small body of words, however, is raised to 1,500 by differences of the tone of utterance, as rising, falling, even, abrupt, and so on. The language is without inflection, and even without distinction of parts of speech; but words are classed as “full” or “empty,” according as they are used with their full meaning or as auxiliaries in forming phrases: like our will and have in “I will it,” “they have it,” on the one hand, and in “they will have seen it,” on the other. Chinese records go back to about 2000 b. c., and the literature is immense and varied. The mode of writing is by signs that represent each a single word in one of its senses or in a certain set of senses. The signs are of ideographic or hieroglyphic origin; but the greater part of them at present are compound, and many contain a phonetic element along with an ideographic. They number in the dictionaries about 40,000; but only the smaller part of these are in current and familiar use. They are written in perpendicular columns, and the columns follow one another from right to left. The language and mode of writing have been carried to the neighboring nations that have received their culture from China, especially Japan, Corea, and Annam, and have been more or less borrowed or adopted by such nations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese language does not require punctuation.
    • adj Chinese of or belonging to China
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Quotations

  • John F. Kennedy
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    “When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”
  • Bruce Lee
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    “You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
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    “We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we won't let them into our country.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.”
  • Pearl S. Buck
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    “Nothing and no one can destroy the Chinese people. They are relentless survivors.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “Written in Chinese, the word crisis, is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represent opportunity.”

Idioms

Chinese walls - Chinese walls are regulatory information barriers that aim to stop the flow of information that could be misused, especially in financial corporations.
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Chinese whispers - (UK) When a story is told from person to person, especially if it is gossip or scandal, it inevitably gets distorted and exaggerated. This process is called Chinese whispers.
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Usage

In literature:

The Chinese belong to the Mongolian or yellow race.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
None of the Chinese, rich or poor, understand those who speak plain English.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
There were twenty-five cabin passengers, and about three hundred Chinese in the steerage.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Harford, Chinese M. O., 14.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
It is conducted mainly by the Chinese in their native language.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 3, July, 1900" by Various
The Chinese proverb with more wisdom declares, 'Truth is one, but opinions are many.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
The Chinese could see the funk he was in as well as I could, and their insolence became insufferable.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London
The cause of the trouble: The Chinese claimed that they had many good reasons for this uprising.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 4, October, 1900" by Various
The eternal pines whisper above the Tombs of Chinese Emperors.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
She only knew it Chinese fashion, by the number of new moons there had been since the Chinese New Year.
"The Little Girl Lost" by Eleanor Raper
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In poetry:

Were I a clumsy poet
I'd compare you to Helen;
Ransack the mythologies
Greek, Chinese and Persian
"Divinity" by Irving Layton
"I remember, I remember
That Spring came on forever,
That Spring came on forever,"
Said the Chinese nightingale.
"The Chinese Nightingale" by Vachel Lindsay
The coverlet of isles that makes
Yamato does not hold
Chinese robes
Worn without respite
I long for a way to meet you.
"The coverlet of isles" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Mouth fills w/taste of copper.
Chinese paper. Foreign money. Old posters.
Gyro on a string, a table.
A coin spins. The faces.
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
"Sorrow and love, glory and love,"
Said the Chinese nightingale.
"Sorrow and love, glory and love,"
Said the Chinese nightingale.
"The Chinese Nightingale" by Vachel Lindsay
To the Port of a thousand Stenches
Came a Chinese junk one day
They'd sailed all the way from Suckitan Bay
That's an island off Houndsditch Way.
"The Street Of A Thousand Lanterns 1934" by Billy Bennett

In news:

During her stay she was an English Professor and English-Chinese interpreter for people ranging in age from pre-school to adult.
Chinese Communist Party official Cheng Si-wei talks to NewsHour correspondent Paul Solman about economic relations with the United States, foreign investment, textile exports and the recent revaluation of China's currency.
In the fall of 2000, Christopher Duran and Ashley Ellerin were outside her yellow bungalow behind Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood when a good-looking guy offered to help Duran fix his flat tire.
Chopsticks, 23025 100th Ave W. Works in Chinese restaurant, but doesn't eat Chinese food.
Chopsticks , 23025 100th Ave W. Works in Chinese restaurant, but doesn't eat Chinese food.
CHINESE officials famously employed hundreds of people to travel around Beijing before the Olympics and identify humourous and/or embarrassing examples of mistranslation of Chinese characters before their foreign guests arrived.
Most mornings at Philippe's in downtown Los Angeles, you'll find a group of Chinese men drinking coffee, reading Chinese newspapers, and socializing over the restaurant's little-known but delicious breakfast.
After more than a decade embracing all things western, Chinese consumers are turning more, well Chinese.
Chinese rice wine and fresh water chestnuts are available at most Chinese and Asian markets.
The Chinese currency debate has developed a new twist in recent months: Chinese inflation.
Despite a torrent of rain, around 70 people rallied in front of the Chinese Consulate Wednesday afternoon to protest persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual sect by the Chinese government.
The Chinese public's fascination with this sort of thing, says social commentator Yao Bo, derives from the fact that "the ambassador looks Chinese, but his behavior is completely un-Chinese.".
TIANJIN, China, September 17 WITH Chinese superstar Sun Yang taking the day off after a 200, 400, 800 freestyle sweep, other swimmers had the chance to claim some of the spotlight at the Chinese University Games.
A semi-finished portrait of incoming Chinese leader Xi Jinping by Chinese painter Luo Jianhui displayed in his studio in Guangzhou ( TYRONE SIU, REUTERS / November 2, 2012 ).
The Chinese icebreaker completed the Arctic North-East Passage marking the first such voyage by a Chinese vessel and opening an Arctic route connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic for future Chinese science expeditions.
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In science:

By the Chinese remainder theorem, making such a choice is equivalent to choosing a monic degree-n polynomial f at random from Fp [x] for each of the first k primes p.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
One consequence is that the Chinese Restaurant Process CRP(θ) (the partition with distribution given by the Ewens sampling formula with parameter θ) is the only exchangeable random partition with independent increments.
Increments of Random Partitions
The name ”Chinese Restaurant Process” was introduced by Lester Dubins and Jim Pitman in the early 80’s.
Increments of Random Partitions
The Chinese Restaurant Process CRP (θ) is the only exchangeable random partition with independent increments.
Increments of Random Partitions
Hence in this sense, the Chinese Restaurant Process is the simplest exchangeable random partition.
Increments of Random Partitions
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