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
      • pay attention to fine details>INVESTIGATE
        • dynamic>WEAK
          • vibe weak in energy: gentle, wispy
          • vadNweak in colour, faded
          • grammaticalised>SLIGHTLY
            • vadVjust slightly
          • intellectual>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
              • practical>NEGLECT
                • vtoNneglect, disregard; suppress
            • process: intensitive>DECLINE
              • vichangebe in decline
            • generalised>SMALL
              • nsubject=nonrefwhat is tiny > the small, tiny
              • vadNsmall (paths); fine (dust etc)slight; tiny
              • vibe a miniature replica; be of reduced proportions
              • quantity>FEW
                • with small eyes>PEEP
                  • vtoN
              • social>HUMBLE
                • v[adN]nonreferentialperson of noble rank
                • vibe of low rank; have low prospects
                • vipsychbe unassuming, be humble
                • generalised>ORDINARY
                  • viinsignificant
                • specific>POOR
                  • vibe poor; be of humble origins
          • abstract>ABSTRACT
            • vadNbe subtle to the point where the concrete reference to reality or to one's meaning is absent
            • semantic>PROFOUND
              • vadNsubtle and profound 微言 "subtle/profound pronouncements"
              • vtoNputativeconsider as and treat as subtle and profound
              • nabsubtlety and profundity
              • associated visual>DARK
                • vifaded, darkish; inconspicuous
                • causative>CONCEAL
                  • vtoNrare: hide the whereabouts (of a person)
                  • vtoNmiddle voicehidden, imperceptible
                  • vimiddle voiceof light: be faint as if half-concealed
                  • resulting state>SECRET
                    • nabactsecret practices (SHUOWEN)
                    • vadNhidden subtle
                    • vadVindirectly, covertly, without being discovered; secretly
                    • vibe secret, covert > be not easily accessible
          • generalised>LACK
            • vtoN.adVwithout
            • vtoN.adSif N had not been there, then S
            • conditional "but for">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
            • and cause others to believe that one has>PRETEND
              • vt+V[0]pretend to V; dissimulate
          • grammaticalised>NOT
            • vt+SIt is not that S
            • specific> NOT ONLY
        • STATES
          • npr1. small early Shang state in Shanxi; 2. Zhou state in Sichuan;
        • =徽GOOD