Taxonomy of meanings for 微:

  • 微 wēi (OC: mɯl MC: mʷɨi) 無非切 平 廣韻:【妙也細也少也説文曰隱行也無非切八 】
    • TENUOUS
      • nabsubjectsubtle motives; subtle beginnings of things; subtle points; what is subtle
      • vadNfigurativesubtle, having a light touch, subtle and profound; BUDDH: of subtle significance for salvation
      • vadNmathematical termCHEMLA 2003:
      • vadVsubtly, without drawing attention to what one is doing
      • vibe subtle, neither non-existent and ineffectual nor palpable and perceivable
      • vpostadVsubtly, with small movements
      • v[adN]figurativeliterary: what is sublime; the effect of the sublime
      • vifigurativebe subtle
      • abstract>ABSTRACT
        • vadNbe subtle to the point where the concrete reference to reality or to one's meaning is absent
      • strength-wise>WEAK
        • vibe weak in energy: gentle, wispy
        • vadNweak in colour, faded
      • optically>DARK
        • vifaded, darkish; inconspicuous
        • in quantity>FEW
            • absolute>LACK
              • vtoN.adVwithout
              • vtoN.adSif N had not been there, then S
            • grammaticalised>SLIGHTLY
              • vadVjust slightly
              • absoulute>NOT
                • vt+SIt is not that S
                • subordinate>IF NOT
                  • padS1.adS2if not, had it not been for the fact that
                  • vt0+Nab{S1}.adS2Had it not been for S
                  • vt0oN.adScopulabut for; if not; had it not been for; apart from
          • change>DECLINE
            • vichangebe in decline
        • social>HUMBLE
          • v[adN]nonreferentialperson of noble rank
          • vibe of low rank; have low prospects
          • vipsychbe unassuming, be humble
          • moral>ORDINARY
            • viinsignificant
          • economic>POOR
            • vibe poor; be of humble origins
        • physical>SMALL
          • nsubject=nonrefwhat is tiny > the small, tiny
          • vadNsmall (paths); fine (dust etc)slight; tiny
          • vibe a miniature replica; be of reduced proportions
          • intellectually>UNIMPORTANT
            • vadNunimportant, insiginificant
            • vibe of slight substance
            • vifigurativeof slight importance or weight;
            • vifutureface slim prospects
            • vtoNattitudinaltreat as unimportant, deemphasise
            • putative>DESPISE
              • vtoNlook down upon as being of no significance whatsoever
              • attitudinal>NEGLECT
                • vtoNneglect, disregard; suppress
        • social>SECRET
          • nabactsecret practices (SHUOWEN)
          • vadNhidden subtle
          • vadVindirectly, covertly, without being discovered; secretly
          • vibe secret, covert > be not easily accessible
          • look at secretly>PEEP
            • vtoN
          • causative>CONCEAL
            • vtoNrare: hide the whereabouts (of a person)
            • vtoNmiddle voicehidden, imperceptible
            • vimiddle voiceof light: be faint as if half-concealed
            • concealing what is real>PRETEND
              • vt+V[0]pretend to V; dissimulate
          • intellectual>PROFOUND
            • vadNsubtle and profound 微言 "subtle/profound pronouncements"
            • vtoNputativeconsider as and treat as subtle and profound
            • nabsubtlety and profundity
      • STATES
        • npr1. small early Shang state in Shanxi; 2. Zhou state in Sichuan;