phi

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See also: Phi, PHI, phỉ, phị, and -phi

English[edit]

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Ancient Greek Alphabet

upsilon
Greek letter uppercase Phi.svg Greek lc phi.png
chi
Φ φ
Ancient Greek: φεῖ
Wikipedia article on phi

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin phi, from Ancient Greek φεῖ (pheî).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /faɪ/
  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /fiː/

Noun[edit]

phi (plural phis)

  1. Φ, the 21st letter of the Euclidean and modern Greek alphabet, usually romanized as "ph".
  2. (mathematics) The golden ratio.
  3. A visual illusion whereby a sequential pattern of lights produces a false sense of motion.
    • 1963, Psychology Through Experiment (George Humphrey, ‎Jaroslav Antonio Deutsch), page 90:
      [] tolerance (Frenkel-Brunswik 1949) for it showed that those persons with the strongest defences against internal conflict, i.e. obsessionals and conversion hysterics, were those least able to perceive the reality-conflicting phenomenon of phi.
    • 2007, Wayne Weiten, Psychology: Themes and Variations: Themes And Variations, page 138:
      The illusion of movement in a highway construction sign is an instance of the phi phenomenon, which is also at work in motion pictures and television.
    • 2013, Francis Glebas, The Animator's Eye: Composition and Design, page 66:
      Is it the phi phenomenon or the persistence of vision? Originally, the illusion of motion that movies excel at was thought to be the effect of the persistence of vision.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd ed. "phi, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2005.

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Noun[edit]

phi m (plural phi)

  1. phi (Greek letter)

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -i

Noun[edit]

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phi m (invariable)

  1. phi (Greek letter)

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

phi m (plural phi)

  1. Obsolete spelling of fi (used in Portugal until September 1911 and died out in Brazil during the 1920s).

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from (“to fly; to gallop”).

Verb[edit]

phi

  1. (of a horse) to gallop
    Ngựa phi.
    The horse gallops.
  2. to flee; to travel very quickly
    Phi nhanh về nhà kẻo tối.
    Hurry home before it gets dark.
  3. to lance (to throw in the manner of a lance)
    phi dao găm
    to throw a dagger

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Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from (“not”).

Prefix[edit]

phi ()

  1. non-, in-
    phi (chính) nghĩa
    unjust; for an unjustifiable cause
    phi phàm
    inhuman; extraordinary
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Conjunction[edit]

phi

  1. if it isn't
    Phi anh ấy, không ai biết.
    If it isn't him, then who knows?

Etymology 3[edit]

Verb[edit]

phi

  1. to stir-fry (an onion, scallion, or clove of garlic) before preparing a dish
    Phi tỏi rồi mới bỏ rau muống vào.
    Stir-fry the garlic before adding in water spinach.
    Phi hành để nấu nước chấm.
    Stir-fry the onion to make dipping sauce.

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Noun[edit]

(classifier con) phi

  1. Various species of saltwater clam of the genus Sanguinolaria, such as Sanguinolaria diphos and Sanguinolaria planculata.

Etymology 5[edit]

Borrowed from Latin phi.

Noun[edit]

phi

  1. phi (Φ)

Etymology 6[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

Noun[edit]

(classifier ) phi

  1. concubines, mistresses, ladies of a monarch.
    các bà phi trong cung
    the palace concubines
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Etymology[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

-phi?

  1. which

Inflection[edit]

Enumerative concord, tone H
Modifier
Class 1 muphi
Class 2 baphi
Class 3 muphi
Class 4 miphi
Class 5 liphi
Class 6 maphi
Class 7 siphi
Class 8 ziphi
Class 9 yiphi
Class 10 ziphi
Class 11 luphi
Class 14 buphi
Class 15 kuphi
Class 17 kuphi

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