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